Shin Wolsong nuclear power plant control room (KHNP) Policy & Regulation

South Korea’s emissions ambitions

South Korea’s new government is rolling out new energy policies – with big implications for the power sector. These changes could create opportunities for gas-fired power generation.

By Catriona Scott 21 July 2017
Gas-to-power station in Bandirma, Turkey. (Enerjisa) Supply & Demand

Tough competition for gas in Turkey’s power sector

The growing emphasis on coal and renewables in Turkey’s power sector presents a major challenge for the country’s gas-fired infrastructure.

20 July 2017
Volvo plans to increase its focus on electric and hybrid vehicles. (Volvo) Gas for Transport

Hybrids will dominate in drive to electrify vehicle fleets

As emissions standards tighten, car manufacturers are promoting both hybrids and electric vehicles. This may slow the switch away from traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel.

19 July 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

West Canada’s gas to garner wider appeal

Gas from West Canada will remain popular in Canada's Dawn market as AECO hub prices will stay cheaper than those at the Transco Z6.

19 July 2017
Global Markets

NBP sees renewed price support

Prices at the UK hub have seen supply-side support as a result of further production outages in Norway.

19 July 2017
A platform at the South Pars field. (Statoil) Supply & Demand

Iran threatens big rise in oil and gas output and exports

Iran has thrown down the gauntlet to its Gulf neighbours, saying it will dramatically boost its hydrocarbon production and exports by 2021.

12 July 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Storage concerns to boost Henry Hub prices

Lower gas stocks in the US will support Henry Hub prices during July, and storage concerns will persist even during August.

12 July 2017
Global Markets

Unexpected outage to provide some support to the NBP

Technical problems at Norway’s Kollsnes plant will help support UK prices, but not for long.

12 July 2017
Japan and South Korea have contrasting plans for nuclear and coal in the generation mix going forward. (BHP) Policy & Regulation

Japan and South Korea – prospects for coal and gas

The power sectors in Japan and South Korea are currently set on contrasting paths when it comes to nuclear and coal. How the generation mix in both countries develops has implications for gas demand and LNG imports.

11 July 2017
Sungrow floating solar plant. (Sungrow) Policy & Regulation

China leads the world in renewables drive

Despite a switch to gas in power, China will need a quantum leap in renewables to meet its COP21 targets. The latest REN21 report suggests that this transition is under way despite a drop in investment in 2016.

6 July 2017
Qatar plans to sharply increase liquefaction capacity at its Ras Laffan facility. (Statoil) LNG

Qatar’s liquefaction plans will extend LNG glut

Qatar’s decision to boost export capacity could limit the potential for a recovery in global LNG prices.

5 July 2017
Global Markets

Improving supplies to weigh on AECO hub price

Improving gas supplies from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin will weigh on gas prices in the region.

5 July 2017
Global Markets

Low flows from Norway support UK prices

Problems with the SEGAL pipeline system are affecting flows from Norway, providing a floor for prices at the NBP.

5 July 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

US SCR storage withdrawals to support Henry Hub prices

Net gas drawdowns in the South Central Region of the US will further boost Henry Hub prices during July.

28 June 2017
Global Markets

Unexpected supply tightness pushes up prices in the UK

An unexpected outage at the SEGAL pipeline has hit exports from Norway, pushing up the NBP price.

28 June 2017
Sinopec's LNG terminal in Beihai. Chinese LNG imports will also be squeezed by increasing volumes of piped supplies. (Sinopec) Supply & Demand

China’s delicate balancing act on gas market reform

The dichotomy between Beijing’s targets to boost gas use and the dynamics of a volatile world market was discussed at an Interfax breakfast seminar in London on Tuesday.

28 June 2017
LNG tanker in Ras Laffin, Qatar. Qatar is the leading MEA LNG supplier to Latin America. (PA) Supply & Demand

MEA LNG suppliers pin hopes on Latin America

MEA LNG suppliers, led by Qatar, are taking steps to consolidate their positions in Latin America’s LNG market

26 June 2017
Thousands of protesters hit the streets as corruption allegations continue to dog Brazilian president, Michel Temer. (PA) Supply & Demand

Political crisis engulfs Brazil’s gas and LNG sectors

Brazil’s deteriorating political climate has the potential to reduce the country’s need for imported gas and LNG even further.

23 June 2017
Storing natural gas at Changbei, China (Shell) Supply & Demand

China’s gas market to provide an import boom

China’s gas market is set to grow and will become increasingly dependent on imports – this will result in a need for more piped and LNG imports.

22 June 2017
Operations at the South Pars field in Iran. (Pars Oil and Gas) Global Markets

Iran’s response crucial in Saudi-Qatar spat

The move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt to isolate Qatar has thrown the Middle East’s geopolitical fault lines into stark relief. Everything hangs on Iran’s response.

22 June 2017
Global Markets

Henry Hub prices to get a summer boost in July

Henry Hub prices will receive support in July as rising temperatures in the US boost air conditioning-related gas demand.

21 June 2017

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