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.

Southern Europe’s LNG imports up by 9.5 mt in 2017

Countries including France and Turkey continued a trend of rising LNG imports in 2017.

20 June 2018
Mongstad CCS centre, Norway

EU renewables target draws mixed reviews

The EU’s decision to scale up its 2030 renewables target has not been entirely well-received, with some believing it may undermine other climate policies.

18 June 2018
Dutch PM Mark Rutte called for a 55% CO2 reduction target for 2030 in Strasbourg this week

Europe scales up ambition on renewables

The EU has set a more ambitious renewables target for 2030, which brings both pros and cons for the gas industry.

14 June 2018

European govts collect billions from gas sector – report

The gas industry brings in around €78 billion in annual tax revenues for European governments, a study commissioned by the IOGP says.

13 June 2018
The Staudinger coal power plant, Germany

Coal still trumps gas in Europe despite carbon rally

Prices for EU carbon allowances have rallied in recent months but are still not high enough to provoke large-scale switching from coal to gas.

11 June 2018
A Romanian gas power plant.

Romania’s coal sector faces heat as gas eyes chance

EU environmental legislation has put Romania’s coal sector under pressure, potentially paving the way for greater gas use in power generation.

7 June 2018

EU coal demand stagnates in 2017

Coal demand in EU member states was almost unchanged in 2017 following a sharp decline in 2016.

6 June 2018
Cecilia Malmström, EU trade commissioner

Energy industry holds breath as US imposes steel tariffs

The energy industry is concerned that US tariffs on European steel and aluminium could push up costs and reduce energy demand.

4 June 2018

Coal still dominates Germany’s power mix

Power generation from renewable sources is rising in Germany, but coal still accounts for a large share of the country’s electricity mix.

30 May 2018
Polish gas storage facilities

Poland unimpressed by Gazprom’s antitrust pledges

Poland has yet to announce a formal position on the Gazprom antitrust case, but initial reactions suggest Warsaw does not believe the reforms go far enough.

25 May 2018
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

EU-Gazprom settlement heralds new dawn for CEE gas

Gazprom and Brussels have reached a settlement in the long-standing antitrust investigation against the Russian monopoly.

24 May 2018

EU carbon prices continue bull run

Prices for EU carbon allowances under the European Emissions Trading System hit €16 per ton on Tuesday.

23 May 2018
Commissioners Maroš Šefčovič, Miguel Arias Cañete and Violeta Bulc

EC proposal for trucks brings opportunities for gas

The European Commission’s plan for reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector could offer gas an opportunity in heavy-duty trucking.

21 May 2018
A train delivers pipeline sections for Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 investors ponder options in Polish probe

Polish competition watchdog UOKiK appears to be trying to force Nord Stream 2’s Western partners to withdraw from the project.

16 May 2018

Norway’s gas and oil production drops in April

Oil and gas production from the Norwegian Continental Shelf fell in April compared with the previous month.

16 May 2018
Pipes being produced for nord stream 2

Polish probe increases pressure on Nord Stream 2

Poland’s competition authority has launched legal proceedings against Nord Stream 2, but it remains to be seen if it has a strong enough case to intervene.

11 May 2018
Artist's impression of the Hinkley C nuclear facility.

Europe’s nuclear players eye share of renewables boom

The nuclear power industry is keen to be a partner to Europe’s expanding renewables sector, putting it in competition with gas for market share.

10 May 2018

Gas leads power in European market liquidity

Europe's major wholesale gas markets are showing much greater liquidity than the continent's power markets.

10 May 2018
A debate in the European Commission on the EU budget

EU pledges more funding for energy and climate

Brussels has proposed allocating more EU funding to climate and energy projects between 2021 and 2027.

4 May 2018

REMIT market abuse cases continue to rise

The number of suspected market abuse cases under review by ACER in the gas and power markets continued to rise in Q1 2018.

2 May 2018

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