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.

andreas.walstad@interfax.co.uk
EU and UK flags outside the Houses of Parliament,

EU carbon prices fall as Brexit looms

Prices for EU carbon allowances have traded lower recently, denting hopes that prices will rise to fuel-switching levels across Europe in the first half of the year.

15 February 2019
The European Parliament in Strasbourg

Five takeaways from the revised EU Gas Directive

The EU’s revised Gas Directive is expected to be formally adopted this spring after breakthrough negotiations in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Here we examine some of the main takeaways from the latest draft.

14 February 2019

Ukraine’s gas imports fall on storage use

Ukraine imported less gas in 2018 than it did in previous years as a result of better utilisation of storage facilities.

13 February 2019
A train delivering pipeline for Nord Stream 2

EU takes giant leap towards revised Gas Directive

The EU is getting closer to an agreement on a revised gas directive after Germany secured key concessions for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at a meeting in Brussels on Friday.

11 February 2019
A cooling tower at a power station, West Burton, UK

Legal battle clouds future of UK power payments

The UK could be facing premature power plant closures unless the legal dispute over its subsidy scheme for generators is resolved.

7 February 2019

Qatar strengthens position as Europe’s main LNG supplier

Qatar increased its share of the European LNG market from 39% in Q2 2018 to 43% in Q3 2018, according to a European Commission report.

6 February 2019
Gaz-System CEO Tomasz Stępień and Energinet CEO Thomas Egebo  at a Baltic Pipe meeting.

Norway-Poland pipeline makes progress after years in the dark

After having stalled in the past, the Baltic Pipe project now looks like a more realistic prospect and could become operational by late 2022.

4 February 2019
A coal-fired power plant in Germany

Germany’s goodbye to coal leaves room for gas

A proposal to phase out Germany’s coal-fired power plants seems like an opportunity for gas to gain market share, but many questions remain over the timeframe.

31 January 2019

EU gas demand falls 5% in Q3

Average gas demand across the EU fell on an annual basis in Q3 2018 despite higher power sector offtake, according to the European Commission.

30 January 2019
Dungeness nuclear power station in the UK. (PA)

UK energy at crossroads after Wylfa suspension

Uncertainty over nuclear power in the UK may have boosted the prospects for gas-to-power, but attracting new investment in gas-fired plants will not be straightforward.

24 January 2019

French and Spanish regulators turn down Midcat’s first phase

Energy regulators in Spain and France have ruled that building the first phase of the proposed Midcat pipeline cannot be justified from an economic perspective under the current proposal.

23 January 2019
Maroš Šefčovič at a press briefing following the talks on Monday.

Clock is ticking for Ukraine-Russia transit deal

Time is running out for securing a new transit contract between Russia and Ukraine after 2019, with the negotiations being impeded by a sensitive geopolitical backdrop.

22 January 2019
The South Stream project was halted after the commission said its IGAs were incompatible with EU law. (Gazprom)

Romania raises the stakes with revised EU Gas Directive

Romania is trying to push through changes to the directive that would give the European Commission more power to intervene in negotiations between EU states and third countries such as Russia.

21 January 2019
The Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium. (Electrabel)

Belgium presses on with power subsidy regime

The scheme is intended to attract investment in gas-fired capacity to replace the country's ageing nuclear fleet.

17 January 2019

Brussels set to re-open probe into UK capacity payments

The European Commission will soon launch an investigation into the treatment of demand-side response services within the UK capacity market.

16 January 2019
BayWa's Don Rodrigo solar plant in Spain.

Subsidies in Europe may fall faster for renewables than for gas

While renewable power generators in Europe may operate without subsidies in the coming years, gas- and coal-fired generators may be reliant on capacity payments for longer.

11 January 2019
The European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

Brussels to face key decisions on gas in 2019

The EU institutions are expected to make a number of key decisions this year that will have a major impact on the gas sector.

9 January 2019
Centrica's Brigg gas-fired power plant in the UK. (Centrica)

EU carbon in 2019 – year of delivery for gas?

EU carbon prices surged in 2018, outperforming all other commodities, and the gas sector is hopeful the bull run will continue in 2019.

7 January 2019
Kozienice power plant in Poland. (Enea)

EU agrees coal subsidy phase-out, but loopholes remain

A new EU regulation designed to phase out national subsidies for coal-fired power plants may benefit the gas industry even if loopholes remain.

3 January 2019
EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager

EU antitrust fine puts SE Europe gas market in spotlight

The decision to fine Bulgaria’s BEH over anticompetitive behaviour may help speed progress on market liberalisation in southeastern Europe.

19 December 2018

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