Pakistan has plans to become a world-leading LNG importer within the next five years, but obstacles in the domestic market could stand in its way. (Photobucket) Asia Pacific

Will Pakistan’s LNG ambitions be realised?

Pakistan has plans to become a world-leading LNG importer within the next five years, but obstacles in the domestic market could stand in its way.

The unpredictability of hydropower has caused Central America to deepen its reliance on oil products in its power-generation portfolio. (Robert Linder/freeimages.com) Latin America & Caribbean

Renewables eclipse Central America’s gas-to-power vision

Gas is losing the race for Central America’s power sector as regional governments avoid expensive infrastructure investment, opting instead for renewables.

The chances that Turkish Stream will be built are low despite the improving relations between Moscow and Ankara. (Russian Presidency) Asia Pacific

Turkish Stream’s potential could be unrealised

The chances that Turkish Stream will be built are low despite the improving relations between Moscow and Ankara. Nevertheless, Russia will remain Turkey’s most reliable gas supplier.

16 August 2016
The UK has a new government and a new energy department. These changes and other post-referendum developments are already affecting the gas market. (PA) Europe

UK energy: new government, new policies

The UK has a new government and a new energy department. These changes and other post-referendum developments are already affecting the gas market.

16 August 2016
There has been a recent price convergence between European gas and Asian LNG. (Shell) Global

Is global gas price convergence here to stay?

The recent price convergence between European gas and Asian LNG – and whether there is more to come – is discussed in this contributed feature by Mitun Patel from QED Consulting.

15 August 2016
Greenstream receiving terminal, Sicily. Italy’s dependence on gas imports is set to grow. (Eni) Europe

Italy – LNG opportunities at risk

Italy’s dependence on gas imports is set to grow. As potential new LNG import projects face delays, opportunities for more diverse and competitive supply could be missed.

21 July 2016
Mina Al-Ahmadi LNG terminal, Kuwait. (Kuwait Petroleum Corp.) Middle East & East Mediterranean

The future is bright for LNG in Kuwait

Kuwait’s increasing dependence on LNG imports will force traditional suppliers such as Qatar to become more competitive with LNG coming from the US and Australia.

21 July 2016
Malacca LNG terminal, Malaysia. (Petronas) Asia Pacific

LNG pricing – all change!

Changes in LNG pricing – with sellers under pressure, and buyers gaining power and what it could mean for Asia is assessed in this contributed feature from Nicholas Fulford and Ryan Pereira of Gaffney, Cline & Associates.

19 July 2016
Bahia Blanca LNG terminal, Argentina. (Enarsa) Latin America & Caribbean

Argentina attempts to wean itself off LNG

Argentina’s plan to end its dependence on LNG presents difficult questions for suppliers such as Trinidad, the US and Australia.

23 June 2016
Gas pipelines, Indonesia. (PA) Asia Pacific

Indonesia facing up to future of LNG imports

Indonesia, one of the world’s leading LNG exporters, is on the path to becoming a potential net importer of gas. As domestic demand rises, production levels are likely to fall short.

23 June 2016
South Korea’s gas demand and LNG imports have been in decline, and will continue to fall this year. (Kogas) Asia Pacific

South Korea’s gas decline – time for a turnaround

South Korea’s gas demand and LNG imports have been in decline, and although they will continue to fall this year, demand could grow between now and the end of the decade.

19 May 2016
Trinidad and Peru are exploring new LNG markets as competition from Australia and the US ratchets up. (BP plc) Latin America & Caribbean

LNG exports from Trinidad and Peru losing steam

Trinidad and Peru are exploring new LNG markets as competition from Australia and the US ratchets up. However, attracting upstream investment could be a more significant challenge.

19 May 2016
Contract flexibility and stakes in export projects lie at the heart of Qatar’s LNG strategy. (Shell) Middle East & East Mediterranean

Qatar boosts LNG flexibility to fend off competition

Contract flexibility and stakes in export projects lie at the heart of Qatar’s LNG strategy as it defends its market share amid intense competition from the likes of Australia.

21 April 2016
Melkøya Snøhvit LNG-plant, Norway. With strong piped supplies expected to grow, the market for LNG could be limited. (Statoil) Europe

Europe – time for an LNG boom?

Europe’s supply/demand gap is set to widen, making the region more dependent on imports. But with strong piped supplies expected to grow, the market for LNG could be limited.

21 April 2016
Restarted nuclear reactors are displacing gas in Japan’s power sector. (Wikicommons) Asia Pacific

Nuclear in Asia – not all doom and gloom for gas

Restarted nuclear reactors are displacing gas in Japan’s power sector, and although a similar picture can be seen in South Korea, the story is different elsewhere in Asia.

17 March 2016
Expanded gas processing capacity at Saudi Aramco. (Saudi Aramco) Middle East & East Mediterranean

Saudi power sector sees future in gas

Saudi Arabia is promoting greater use of gas in its power sector to reduce its reliance on oil, but it will keep direct crude burns as a strategic option until at least 2020.

17 March 2016
Peterhead CCS project (Shell) Europe

Former UK energy minister lambasts poor policy

Sir Ed Davey, former secretary of state for energy and climate change, speaks to GGA about the prospects and challenges for gas in the UK and European energy markets.

16 March 2016
Cameron LNG project. (Sempra) North America

US LNG exports in troubled waters

The US LNG export capacity under construction is facing a real threat of being severely underutilised until at least 2020 despite the growing influence of portfolio players.

18 February 2016
The individually small LNG markets of Southeast Asia are set to go through a period of significant growth at a time when the market needs it. (Petronas) Asia Pacific

Southeast Asian LNG – strength in numbers

The individually small LNG markets of Southeast Asia – existing and emerging – are set to go through a period of significant growth at a time when the market needs it.

18 February 2016
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, left, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, second left, Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, second right, and Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari during the ground breaking ceremony for the TAPI pipeline in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Asia Pacific

TAPI – life in the line?

Construction on the long-delayed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline has begun. But some of the drivers of progress could support more than TAPI.

22 January 2016
Structural reforms by the Argentine government will curb energy subsidies and boost domestic gas production. (PA) Latin America & Caribbean

Reforms will curb LNG’s future in Argentina

Structural reforms by the Argentine government will curb energy subsidies and boost domestic gas production, reducing the country’s reliance on imported LNG.

22 January 2016
Renewables are expected to consolidate their position in Chile’s baseload power generation mix in the coming years. (Endesa Chile) Latin America & Caribbean

Chile looks beyond gas-to-power

Renewables are expected to consolidate their position in Chile’s baseload power generation mix in the coming years, while the role of gas as a peak-load fuel will diminish.

17 December 2015

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