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
A CNG filling station near Moscow

World Cup helps boost NGVs in Russia

Gazprom is pushing ahead with installing CNG fuelling stations to expand Russia’s use of gas in transport, but NGVs will face competition from electric vehicles.

22 June 2018

Biggest gas producers increase share of global output

Ten countries accounted for 70% of global gas production in 2017, according to BP’s 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy.

21 June 2018
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Korean détente opens new supply options for Seoul

The rapprochement between North and South Korea has reignited a project to build a pipeline linking the two countries with Russia.

19 June 2018

Asia secures majority of US LNG exports this year

LNG cargoes from the US are being delivered mainly to Asia, drawn by strong demand and high prices.

18 June 2018

Asia Pacific rig count hits 12-month high

The rig count in the Asia Pacific region hit 48 in May, an increase of five rigs compared with April.

15 June 2018
The Stavangerfjord LNG-fuelled vessel

LNG offers a future-proof marine fuel – research

LNG is anticipated to be favoured over new technologies for deep-sea shipping despite concerns that it will struggle to meet the IMO’s carbon emission reduction targets.

15 June 2018

Gas production growth outpaces demand in 2017 – BP

BP's latest statistical review shows strong growth in global gas consumption as the fuel helps to meet rising demand for energy.

14 June 2018
The Ob River LNG tanker in the Northern Sea Route

Warmer weather to open NSR for Yamal exports east

Summer temperatures will open up the Northern Sea Route between Yamal and Asia, but will LNG carriers take it?

12 June 2018

India’s LNG imports up 13% in FY 2017-2018

The country imported more than 20 mt of LNG over the period, but prices were significantly higher.

11 June 2018
The turbine for Net Power’s demonstration gas-fired power plant

Allam cycle power plant could make CCS economic

A new type of gas-fired power plant is preparing to start up in Texas that could make carbon capture and storage more economic.

7 June 2018

South Korean LNG imports decline by 25% in April

South Korea’s LNG imports fell by 25% in April largely a result of warmer temperatures and lower demand for energy during the spring.

7 June 2018
Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysia may be next in the (nine-dash) firing-line

Malaysia has largely avoided conflict with China in the South China Sea, but there is the potential for this to change with the return of Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.

5 June 2018

Pakistan’s LNG imports rise by 30% in May

Pakistan imported nine cargoes in May, but only two arrived at the Pakistan GasPort facility, which continues to operate below capacity.

4 June 2018
A Japanese nuclear power plant.

Japan’s nuclear blind spot leaves room for LNG

Japan will struggle to achieve its target for nuclear to provide 20-22% of the country’s power by 2030, and LNG is likely to pick up the shortfall.

1 June 2018

Nuclear restarts cut Japanese LNG demand

Japan’s LNG imports fell by 15% in April year on year as prices continued to climb.

31 May 2018
The Tesla S electric car in China

EVs set to curtail the growth of NGVs in China

EVs are set to grow apace in China limiting the role for NGVs, especially in the passenger and light duty vehicle market.

30 May 2018
A barge-based FSRU, built for Exmar by Wison Offshore

Gunvor’s Bangladesh FSRU project facing vessel issues

Gunvor has secured Exmar’s FSRU barge to use in a small-scale LNG project in Bangladesh, but could struggle to secure the vessels needed to supply the project.

25 May 2018

Thai LNG imports hit record in April

Thailand imported just under 500,000 tons over the month, an increase of 38% year on year.

24 May 2018
a wellpad serving PNG lng

Human impact of earthquake threatens PNG LNG

Relations between people in Papua New Guinea and local project developers are at risk of breaking down, experts say.

22 May 2018
Signing of an EPC contract for a coal power plant in Bangladesh.

Coal poses long-term threat to LNG in Bangladesh

Chinese investment in coal-fired power could limit demand growth for LNG in the country.

18 May 2018

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