Andrew Walker

Asia Pacific editor

Andrew Walker joined Interfax in July 2012, having completed an internship at The Carbon Brief where he reported on UK energy policy with a focus on shale gas. He holds a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and an undergraduate degree in Geography and History from the University of Birmingham. +44 (0)20 3004 6225
Artist's impression of the AHEAD hydrogen plant.

Japan sees future in hydrogen economy

Japan is seeking to replace fossil fuels with hydrogen and is developing two very different projects to produce it, one using gas and the other coal.

24 April 2018

South Korea’s LNG imports up 15% year on year in Q1

Imports exceeded 13 mt over the quarter, with March being the first month in 2018 that the country's oldest coal-fired power plants have been forced offline.

23 April 2018
The signing ceremony for the Moheshkhali FSRU

Bangladesh prepares for first LNG imports

Bangladesh is getting ready to receive its first delivery of LNG next week as its new FSRU travels across the Indian Ocean carrying Qatari volumes.

20 April 2018

Asia Pacific rig numbers fall to six-month low

The rig count fell in four Asian countries last month, with drilling activity at its lowest level since last September

20 April 2018

Southeast Asian LNG imports fall in Jan and Feb

Singapore and Thailand imported less LNG in Q1 2018 than in Q1 2017, but Malaysian imports climbed slightly.

19 April 2018
Meeting of the international maritime organization

IMO agreement poses threat to LNG as marine fuel

The regulator’s new CO2 emissions targets could spell trouble for LNG as a marine fuel in the long term.

17 April 2018

Australia leads Asia Pacific LNG export growth

The region saw a large increase in its LNG exports in 2017, largely driven by growth in Australia.

16 April 2018
India's Hazira LNG terminal

India could struggle to deliver an effective gas hub

India is pressing ahead with plans to create a hub to provide market prices for gas, but experts question whether it will be able to deliver in the near term.

16 April 2018

Pakistan’s LNG imports up but still below capacity

Pakistan imported eight LNG cargoes in March, but the country’s second terminal is still not operating at capacity.

12 April 2018
The Incheon LNG terminal in South Korea

Gas demand to ebb and flow in South Korea

South Korea’s new gas forecast sees the country’s demand for the fuel rising to 40 mtpa by 2031 following dips in demand in the middle of the next decade.

10 April 2018

Japan sees strong start to 2018 LNG imports

Japan’s LNG imports were up by 7% in February year on year as a result of low temperatures and higher demand for gas.

9 April 2018

Latin American rig count increases by 5% in February

The number of rigs targeting gas in Latin America increased by one in February 2018 from a year earlier.

6 April 2018

India increases gas price by 6% in April

India has increased the domestic gas price by 6% for the coming six months, but this is expected to have little impact on demand.

5 April 2018
Cars in a traffic jam in India

Early roll-out of low-sulphur fuel to hurt NGVs in India

The introduction of BS VI fuels in advance of the planned date is likely to curtail demand for gas in the transport sector.

5 April 2018

Pakistan’s gas sector attracts attention of IOCs

Pakistan has more LNG terminals planned than it needs, while its major gas pipelines are making slow progress.

5 April 2018
The Fukushima Daiichi plant is being decommissioned.

Good news for Japan LNG imports after nuclear restarts

Japan is restarting more reactors, but the long-term outlook for nuclear is not promising, and LNG will help to fill the gap.

3 April 2018

South Korea’s imports soar by 28% in February

South Korea’s LNG imports increased by 28% year on year in February, to a four-year high of 4.6 mt.

29 March 2018
A coal-fired power plant in Pakistan.

LNG to face competition from cheap coal in Pakistan

LNG will have to compete with coal in Pakistan’s power mix as the country expands capacity of both in order to phase out fuel oil.

28 March 2018

Japan to start up four more reactors by end of May

Japan restarted two nuclear reactors in March and another two are expected online by the end of May, more than doubling its operational capacity from 2017.

26 March 2018
The Komekurayama solar power plant. (Tepco)

Gas to feature in Japan’s decentralised energy future

Japan’s plans to develop smart cities will see gas find a future in small-scale CHP, as a back-up fuel and as a means to produce hydrogen.

22 March 2018

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