Andreas Walstad

EU policy & regulation editor

Andreas Walstad has a wide knowledge of the European energy industry. As the London Bureau Chief at Montel he wrote and edited market commentaries and analytical features across the commodity sector, including gas, oil, coal, power and the carbon markets. This added to the experience he gained covering the European energy markets as an Associate Editor at Platts. Andreas specialises in the UK and northwest European gas markets.

Email: andreas.walstad@interfax.co.uk
A combined heat and power plant in Austria. (Siemens)

Power sector secures lion’s share of €4.3 bln EIB loan

The European Investment Bank approved €4.3 billion of loans for energy-related projects this week, with the majority going to the electricity sector.

20 July 2017

Germany, Poland account for half of EU coal capacity

Germany and Poland account for a combined 51% of the EU’s installed coal capacity and 54% of emissions from coal.

19 July 2017
A gas-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On)

EU gas-to-power growth to be short-lived – IEA

The recent increase in gas demand for power generation will not last for long, according to the International Energy Agency.

17 July 2017
Futtsu power station. Japanese LNG buyers now have a stronger negotiating position to divert cargoes. (Tepco)

Japan attempts to bolster LNG import flexibility

Japan’s latest efforts to make its LNG contracts more flexible could have mixed results.

13 July 2017

Mixed picture on PCI implementation – ACER

Only around one-third of projects earmarked by the EU as Projects of Common Interest have managed to stick to their original time schedules over the last couple of years.

12 July 2017
The Gate LNG terminal in the Netherlands. (Gate LNG)

The long wait for Germany’s first LNG terminal

Plans for Germany’s first LNG terminal are advancing, but the focus has shifted from a conventional facility to one supplying fuel for shipping and road transport.

11 July 2017
An NGV filling station in Germany. The European Commission is hoping to boost the use of gas as a vehicle fuel. (Daimler)

Brussels highlights growth potential for NGVs

The European Commission sees growth potential for natural gas and advanced biofuels in road transport and will release proposals to encourage their use.

6 July 2017

Coal prices strengthen on outages in Australia and Asia

Europe’s dependence on imported coal and gas is increasing relative to consumption because of declining domestic production.

5 July 2017
Margrethe Vestager has said imposing a fine would not necessarily result in Gazprom changing its behaviour. (EC)

Settlement likely in Gazprom probe – OIES analysts

Brussels is likely to accept Gazprom’s commitments to resolve the antitrust case against the company despite some opposition, says the OIES.

4 July 2017
Wind turbines in Ireland. On windy days the country could export power to the rest of Europe. (PA)

Ireland looks to France for security of supply

The proposed Celtic Interconnector could see Ireland import electricity from France, potentially reducing its reliance on gas.

3 July 2017
Langage gas power plant in the UK. The EIB will reduce lending to gas and other fossil fuels. (Centrica)

EIB signals slowdown in fossil fuel investments

It will be harder for gas and other fossil fuel projects to obtain cash from the European Investment Bank in the future.

29 June 2017

Polish gas demand bucks trend in BEMIP region

Poland is the only country covered by the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan where gas demand is expected to grow over the coming years.

28 June 2017
EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (left) and Maltese Energy Minister Joe Mizzi at the summit. (European Council)

EU member states agree 30% energy efficiency goal

EU energy ministers have agreed a more ambitious energy efficiency target in the hope of reducing Europe’s dependence on imported gas.

27 June 2017
Grain LNG terminal. The UK’s carbon floor price has helped gas gain market share from coal. (Flickr/National Grid)

ETS price too low for LNG to crowd out coal in power

LNG import prices in Europe have dropped sharply but will still rely on a boost in carbon prices to compete with coal in power generation.

22 June 2017

Nuclear fuel tax verdict is boost for German utilities

A court ruling voiding a nuclear fuel tax imposed on German utilities will strengthen the balance sheets of companies that have been hit by lower power prices.

21 June 2017
Pipes for Nord Stream 2. A US bill for new Russian sanctions has angered some EU members. (Nord Stream 2)

US sanctions bill stirs controversy in Europe

A draft bill passed by the US Senate potentially giving the green light for tighter sanctions on Russia has angered some EU member states.

19 June 2017

Brexit negotiations to start on Monday

Article 50 discussions on the UK's exit from the EU will start on Monday, the European Commission has said.

16 June 2017
Gas pipelines in Germany. A report by Moody’s has said renewables could make gas grids obsolete. (E.On)

Moody’s highlights uncertainty in Europe’s gas grids

There is a risk European gas grids will become obsolete in the switch from fossil fuels to renewables, Moody’s warns.

15 June 2017

Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine increases

Volumes of Russian gas destined for European customers transiting Ukraine increased over the first five months of 2017 compared with the same period last year.

14 June 2017
Pipe production for the Nord Stream gas pipeline. (Gazprom)

EC presses on with TPA demands for Nord Stream 2

The European Commission is pushing ahead with its attempts to bring Nord Stream 2 under a separate legal framework despite opposition.

12 June 2017

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