Peter Stewart

Chief energy analyst

Prior to joining Interfax, Peter worked for five years as Principal Consultant at KBC Energy Economics, where he was chief economist and led the group's market analysis team. He is currently involved in econometric research at Surrey University on the subject of oil and gas pricing benchmarks, building on his 20 years of experience with the Price Reporting Agency (PRA) Platts. He worked at Platts for 15 years in a number of different roles, including Director of Markets and Pricing, in which role he was responsible for Platts global assessment processes for all commodities.

Email: peter.stewart@interfax.co.ukPhone: +44 (0)20 3004 6211
A man rides a bicycle past a public TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan

US-China tensions simmer as North Korean sanctions bite

Tensions between the US and China are being stoked further as the two clash over how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats.

21 September 2017
Kurdish independence rally in Beirut, Lebanon.

Rosneft announces pipeline plan ahead of Kurdish vote

The agreement for the Russian company to finance construction of the gas pipeline comes just a week before Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence poll.

20 September 2017
Test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in August

North Korea crisis could alter energy trade flows

The diplomatic tensions in Northeast Asia are having an effect on the coal market and could also disrupt the flow of other fuels.

11 September 2017
A rig drilling for shale gas in Pennsylvania

Overhang of DUCs in US to keep lid on prices

The number of uncompleted wells in US shale plays represents an overhang of potential production that will cap any rallies in the oil price.

6 September 2017

Panama Canal to increase in importance for world LNG trade

The Panama Canal will become increasingly critical for the global LNG trade as US liquefaction plants ramp up production towards the end of the decade.

16 August 2017

Lithium battery demand soars while supply lags behind

Soaring lithium demand for batteries has led to fears supply may fall short, prompting a surge in investment in production of the mineral.

9 August 2017

Choke points critical for global trade in LNG and NGLs

Most of the world’s LNG is shipped via a small number of strategic locations, which could affect prices if disrupted.

2 August 2017

Power to the islands in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is trying to develop its hydrocarbon potential while cutting dependence on refined product imports by boosting use of renewables. Gas may play a role in the transition, but it is likely to be a small one.

31 July 2017

Iran throws down gauntlet on production growth

Iran issued a challenge to its Arab Gulf neighbours by saying it will dramatically boost oil and gas production and exports by 2021.

24 July 2017

Hybrids will dominate in drive to electrify vehicle fleets

As emissions standards tighten, car manufacturers are promoting both hybrids and electric vehicles. This may slow the switch away from traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel.

19 July 2017

Iran threatens big rise in oil and gas output and exports

Iran has thrown down the gauntlet to its Gulf neighbours, saying it will dramatically boost its hydrocarbon production and exports by 2021.

12 July 2017

China leads the world in renewables drive

Despite a switch to gas in power, China will need a quantum leap in renewables to meet its COP21 targets. The latest REN21 report suggests that this transition is under way despite a drop in investment in 2016.

6 July 2017

Qatar’s liquefaction plans will extend LNG glut

Qatar’s decision to boost export capacity could limit the potential for a recovery in global LNG prices.

5 July 2017

China’s delicate balancing act on gas market reform

The dichotomy between Beijing’s targets to boost gas use and the dynamics of a volatile world market was discussed at an Interfax breakfast seminar in London on Tuesday.

28 June 2017

Iran’s response crucial in Saudi-Qatar spat

The move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt to isolate Qatar has thrown the Middle East’s geopolitical fault lines into stark relief. Everything hangs on Iran’s response.

22 June 2017

Oil prices continue to weaken as global glut grows

International crude oil prices have dropped to their lowest level in six months as the continuing global glut overshadows efforts by OPEC to shore up the market.

21 June 2017

Companies need to get wise to smart power

Peter Stewart took part in a session on ‘The Coming Revolution in Hyper-smart Power Systems’ at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

12 June 2017

More action needed on Asian grid integration

A panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum called for “more action rather than talking” on plans for regional electricity grid integration in the Far East.

7 June 2017

Companies need to get wise to smart power systems

Peter Stewart took part in a session on ‘The Coming Revolution in Hyper-smart Power Systems’ at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum this week.

1 June 2017

OPEC, non-OPEC align to back oil price status quo

Oil prices look set to remain moderate as OPEC gathers in Vienna to discuss extending – and even deepening – the latest round of output cuts.

24 May 2017

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