Global Markets

The launch of China’s yuan-dominated crude oil futures contracts at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange Fundamentals

Real-time trading to boost China’s power liberalisation

While the liberalisation of China’s power sector is still far off, efforts in energy trading are making important progress.

26 April 2018
Idku LNG plant, Egypt Fundamentals

Egypt aspires to be a net LNG exporter again

While Egypt’s rising gas output will severely curtail its need for LNG imports, it has the potential to significantly boost its LNG exports.

24 April 2018
SDF fighting in Raqqa Policy & Politics

Iran sanctions loom as Middle East conflict worsens

As tensions ratchet up over Syria and other pressure points, it looks more likely the US will attempt to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

18 April 2018
A cargo being loaded at the Sabine Pass plant in the US Fundamentals

US-China trade dispute will not dent LNG exports

President Donald Trump’s threatened trade war with China looks unlikely to hit fossil fuel exports from the US to the energy-hungry Asian superpower.

11 April 2018
A rig in Oman's Khazzan field Fundamentals

Oman inundated by gas supply choices

Oman’s upstream gas projects could face delays or be under-utilised as the sultanate has limited scope to significantly boost LNG exports or domestic gas demand.

6 April 2018
A nuclear power plant in France Fundamentals

European carbon price floors and the effect on gas

Interfax hosted a seminar with Nexant on 28 March to discuss the outlook for carbon pricing in Europe. The discussion included debate on the future of coal, gas and power.

4 April 2018
Charts showing LNG exports to Latin America and the Caribbean from the US and Trinidad Price Drivers

Trinidad and US LNG battle it out in Latin America

Competition between Trinidad and the United States is ratcheting up in Latin America and the Caribbean as both LNG suppliers strive to consolidate their market shares

23 March 2018
The Melkøya Snøhvit LNG plant. Fundamentals

Catch 22 for Shell’s bullish LNG outlook?

The LNG market needs investment in liquefaction capacity to meet projected demand, but the future demand itself depends on the investment being made.

28 February 2018
Wintry conditions Fundamentals

Late winter cold hits Europe

Severe cold temperatures are boosting hub prices in Europe.

22 February 2018
FSRU Challenger Fundamentals

Turkey’s underuse of gas import capacity to worsen

The underutilisation of Turkey’s gas and LNG import infrastructure could worsen as it moves ahead with projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP.

16 February 2018
EU flags Policy & Politics

European energy policy and the impact on gas

The policies shaping European energy markets will determine future gas demand growth. What happens with policies and gas demand in Europe’s three largest gas markets will drive changes in the region.

30 January 2018
Ras Laffan, Qatar Price Drivers

Diplomatic spat dampens Dubai’s zeal for LNG

Dubai is looking for alternative sources of energy as its ongoing dispute with Qatar is making LNG less attractive.

29 January 2018
Eschweiler wind farm Price Drivers

NBP day-ahead under pressure from weak demand

NBP prices have been hit by mild temperatures and weak gas-fired generation.

25 January 2018
Winter in Chinatown, New York Price Drivers

Gas price volatility to persist in US northeast

Frigid weather is set to continue in the US northeast, which could further delay the start of LNG exports from the Dominion Cove Point plant.

19 January 2018
The Republican National Convention, July 2016. Fundamentals

Trump energy policy fails to derail gas

The president of the United States has loudly voiced his support for the coal industry, but his efforts have resulted in little success.

17 January 2018
Iranian protesters in Tehran on Saturday. (PA) Fundamentals

Iran unrest sparks price volatility

Many traders believe what happens on the first trading day of the year sets the pace for the year ahead. If that proves correct, oil prices look set for a rollercoaster 2018.

3 January 2018
Grangemouth oil refinery Price Drivers

Markets turn volatile on supply outages, OPEC cuts decision

Oil and gas markets became more volatile ahead of the winter peak demand period following a series of supply outages and the latest OPEC decision to extend oil output cuts.

20 December 2017
A gas compressor station in Baumgarten. Fundamentals

Forties and Baumgarten outages boost gas prices

As temperatures drop, the European gas and power market is heating up.

13 December 2017
Pecem LNG terminal, Brazil. Price Drivers

Brazil’s LNG demand to shift south during summer

Brazil will face increased LNG demand during summer with only two FSRUs when forecast is for below-average rainfall in parts of the country.

1 December 2017
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia Price Drivers

Saudi Arabia arrests stoke oil price rally

The massive anti-corruption drive launched by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prompted a rise in oil prices.

22 November 2017

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