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.

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Global gas trade expands by 4% in 2016 – BP

The volume of gas traded globally rose faster than production last year, with pipeline imports growing more than LNG.

22 June 2017

Asia’s gas growth limited by import capacity

Emerging markets are a major source of gas demand growth in Asia Pacific, but consumption will rise more rapidly as import infrastructure expands.

19 June 2017

Asia Pacific rig count drops by 9% in May

The Asia Pacific rig count fell by 9% in May month on month following six months of growth.

16 June 2017
Höegh secured an innovative funding model for a recent FSRU that could be applied to the carrier market. (Höegh)

LNG carriers will need new finance model

Shipowners could struggle to finance new vessels as charter lengths shrink and spot trades grow in importance.

15 June 2017

India’s plans for developing east coast LNG

India has plans for six LNG terminals along the country's east coast, with around 18 mtpa of regasification capacity in the planning stage.

15 June 2017
Pakistan will begin receiving LNG at its second terminal from September. (PA)

Pakistan’s second LNG terminal to start up in September

The 21.2 MMcm/d facility will help to reduce the country’s chronic gas shortages.

14 June 2017

LNG imports soar in Southeast Asian markets

Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore all saw large growth in LNG imports in Q1 as a result of growing demand and a need to reduce reliance on piped gas.

12 June 2017

Big role for FSRUs among India’s upcoming terminals

India is expanding its LNG import infrastructure with at least nine projects planned. The country’s import capacity could more than double by the end of the decade if these projects are brought online on schedule.

8 June 2017
A solar farm in India. The country is struggling to cope with the intermittency of renewables. (Flickr/Bart Speelman)

Intermittent renewables pose problem for India

India has no clear solution to the problem of intermittency as the country adds renewable capacity to its grid, experts say.

6 June 2017

Japan’s contract and spot LNG prices diverge

Spot prices in Japan fell by more than 20% in April, widening the gap between spot and contract cargoes.

5 June 2017

Indian LNG terminals struggle to reach capacity

Despite half of India's operational LNG terminals running below capacity, the country has a number of additions and expansions to its LNG infrastructure under way.

1 June 2017
A Tesla S electric car on display in China. EVs could help balance the power grid. (Tesla)

EVs could help balance grid and reduce role for gas

The sweeping adoption of electric cars could radically alter the global power demand profile and reduce the need for gas-peaking plants, experts say.

30 May 2017

Indonesia’s gas imports up by 33% in Q1 2017

Indonesia and Malaysia increased their gas exports in Q1 2017, but Brunei saw export volumes fall over the first two months of the year.

26 May 2017
The Kochi LNG terminal needs to be connected to demand centres in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. (Petronet LNG)

Poor infrastructure curbing India’s LNG growth

India's LNG demand is rising, but infrastructure constraints threaten to limit the volume of the fuel it will be able to import.

22 May 2017

Australia’s eastern LNG exports plateau

Australia’s east coast LNG exports have plateaued over the past six months at levels below their nameplate capacity.

22 May 2017

Thailand turns to LNG to meet demand

Thailand is looking to LNG to plug the gap created by declining domestic production and falling pipeline imports.

18 May 2017
A methane hydrate offshore production test in the Eastern Nankai Trough. (JOGMEC)

Methane hydrate production is a boon for Japan

Successful production of methane hydrates offshore Japan brings a domestic source of gas a step closer to reality.

16 May 2017

Taiwan turns to LNG as nuclear outages hit

Four of six nuclear reactors in Taiwan are offline, leaving the country more reliant on coal and LNG to meet electricity demand.

15 May 2017

India’s gas consumption up 6.6% year on year

Record LNG imports pushed up India’s gas consumption over the 2016-2017 financial year.

11 May 2017
Source: Baker Hughes

Four Asian countries resume gas exploration

The number of rigs drilling for gas in the Asia Pacific region increased by 10% month on month in April as four countries resumed exploration.

11 May 2017

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