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A coal power station in the UK. Policy & Regulation

UK fast-track coal phase-out may create market anomalies

The UK’s new standard on CO2 emissions is tougher than that proposed by the EU and could result in market distortions.

10 January 2018
Iranian protesters in Tehran on Saturday. (PA) Global Markets

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
A gas compressor station in Baumgarten. Pipelines, Storage & Power

Forties and Baumgarten outages boost gas prices

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

13 December 2017
Members of OPEC Alternative Fuels

OPEC production deal buoys oil prices

Markets have responded warmly to the agreement by OPEC and non-OPEC countries to extend the oil output cut for another nine months.

6 December 2017
An FSRU at Porto de Pecém. LNG

Smaller scale in vogue as LNG market diversifies

Interfax and MJM Energy discussed the future of FSRUs in a seminar this week.

29 November 2017
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia Global Markets

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
COP23 in Bonn. Gas for Transport

Cities set the pace on decarbonisation and air quality

Cities are increasingly finding themselves at the forefront of combating climate change as they work to improve their air quality.

15 November 2017
Interfax’s discussion with Norton Rose on the future of gas in the post-COP23 world. Policy & Regulation

Carbon pricing under scrutiny as COP23 begins

Carbon pricing is struggling to deliver the decarbonisation needed for countries to meet their targets under the Paris agreement.

8 November 2017
Tanker at Gorgon LNG Companies & Finance

Majors see improved results, but volatility lies ahead

IOCs are continuing to keep a tight rein on spending despite better earnings, which could make prices more volatile.

1 November 2017
Assorted oil barrels. Global Markets

Crude oil prices buoyant as stocks fall

Rising demand is gradually absorbing the glut in crude oil supplies, keeping prices close to recent highs.

25 October 2017
An LNG tanker docked at Singapore's LNG terminal. Global Markets

The Asian LNG market is diversifying

The LNG market is developing on more fragmented lines than the oil market, with a range of contenders for price benchmarks emerging in Asia.

18 October 2017
The JODI database. Global Markets

JODI to allow agencies to distribute its oil and gas data

JODI’s move to allow agencies access to its data will open it up to more extensive analysis as well as greater scrutiny.

11 October 2017
Air pollution and smog in Beijing Policy & Regulation

China makes progress in gas heating

China is making slow but steady progress in switching its cities from coal to gas for heating, but it still faces challenges in the decade ahead.

4 October 2017
A photo of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Global Markets

Oil prices strengthen as market rebalances

Turkey’s threat to Kurdish oil flows sent crude up to near $60/bbl this week, and tightening fundamentals could drive prices up even higher.

27 September 2017
Kurdish independence rally in Beirut, Lebanon. Pipelines, Storage & Power

Rosneft announces pipeline plan ahead of Kurdish vote

The agreement for the Russian company to finance construction of the gas pipeline comes just a week before Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence poll.

20 September 2017
A rig drilling for shale gas in Pennsylvania Global Markets

Overhang of DUCs in US to keep lid on prices

The number of uncompleted wells in US shale plays represents an overhang of potential production that will cap any rallies in the oil price.

6 September 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Lithium battery demand soars while supply lags behind

Soaring lithium demand for batteries has led to fears supply may fall short, prompting a surge in investment in production of the mineral.

9 August 2017
LNG

Choke points critical for global trade in LNG and NGLs

Most of the world’s LNG is shipped via a small number of strategic locations, which could affect prices if disrupted.

2 August 2017
LNG

Power to the islands in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is trying to develop its hydrocarbon potential while cutting dependence on refined product imports by boosting use of renewables. Gas may play a role in the transition, but it is likely to be a small one.

31 July 2017
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

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