Silvia Favasuli

Western Europe reporter

Silvia Favasuli joined Interfax in December 2016 as reporter for Western Europe. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Milan and previously worked for the Italian news site for three years.

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Dieter Helm believes the long term future  of gas is in doubt. (Dieter Helm)

Gas may not survive beyond 2030 – Helm

Gas has a medium-term future but will be outpaced by renewables in the long term, argues Dieter Helm in his new book.

27 June 2017
BTL Group has completed a successful trial with BP and other companies. (BP plc)

Scale-up planned for blockchain gas trading

BTL Group is working to scale up a blockchain project that will simplify gas trading and make it safer, according to the company’s chief innovation officer.

20 June 2017
A JKX gas facility in Ukraine. The company is dealing with another shareholder dispute. (JKX)

JKX struggles bode ill for Ukraine gas sector

UK-listed JKX faces its second shareholder dispute in 18 months and is struggling to fend off the advances of Russian/Ukrainian investors.

19 June 2017
UK Power Reserve is focusing on gas engines and battery storage. (UK Power Reserve)

Small-scale gas can better serve electricity market

The rise of gas reciprocating engines in the UK is a positive trend because they are a better fit with renewables than CCGT plants, experts say.

13 June 2017
Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm. Renewables and storage are becoming competitive with gas. (Centrica)

Time is running out for low-carbon switch

A lack of clarity in how oil and gas companies plan to adapt to a low-carbon economy is presenting a major risk for investors.

7 June 2017
A pipe-laying vessel at work on Turkish Stream. Gazprom may send volumes via the pipeline to western Europe. (Gazprom)

Gazprom explores Turkish Stream options

Gazprom took advantage of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to consider its options for delivering gas to Europe via Turkish Stream.

5 June 2017
A seismic survey ship at work. Zohr has changed conceptions about the Mediterranean Sea. (Woodside)

Zohr is just the beginning – Spectrum Geo

Zohr has changed ideas about the geology of the Mediterranean Sea, revealing a shallow-water environment that offers hopes of new gas discoveries, Spectrum Geo’s Karyna Rodriguez says.

31 May 2017
A well drilled by Croatian company INA. The country aims to attract IOCs in its new licensing round. (INA)

Croatia plans new onshore licensing round

Croatia aims to increase its domestic production and is planning to offer new 10 onshore blocks this year and pass a hydrocarbons law to make investment easier.

24 May 2017
Gilberto Dialuce (centre) from Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development. (Ministry of Economic Development)

Italy aiming to be Med hub for LNG bunkering

Italy is planning a network of LNG coastal storage sites to tap maritime traffic transiting the Mediterranean, the economy ministry’s Gilberto Dialuce tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

22 May 2017
VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG)

Germany’s gas hub merger sparks controversy

The planned merger of Gaspool and NetConnect Germany has political support, but many observers are unconvinced.

18 May 2017
Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route. (Transitgas)

Italy reveals plans to boost hub liquidity

Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route that brings in gas from markets in northwest Europe.

15 May 2017
A gas metering station on the Ukrainian border. The country is aiming to export gas to western Europe. (Gazprom)

Ukraine eyes gas exports from 2020

Ukraine will be able to export gas to Europe from 2020 thanks to an increase in production and energy efficiency, Naftogaz says.

11 May 2017
Gazprom is working to defend its market share in Europe. (Gazprom)

Gazprom mulls further Euro auctions – Burmistrova

Gazprom is looking at the possibility of new gas auctions in 2017 to help defend its share of the European gas market.

10 May 2017

How reverse flows are changing European gas

New west-to-east and south-to-north gas flows are making the European market more interconnected and less reliant on Russia.

5 May 2017

Gorgon and BG push up Shell’s LNG output

Shell’s LNG production in Q1 2017 rose by 16% from a year earlier, primarily because of the startup of Gorgon in Australia and the addition of BG Group’s assets.

5 May 2017
Gasunie subsidiaries are about to launch a 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project. (Gasunie)

Gasunie attempts to scale up power-to-gas tech

Two Gasunie subsidiaries are developing a 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project in the middle of the Netherlands' high-voltage power grid.

5 May 2017

BP sees chance to drive strong cash flows in Q2

BP reported higher profits in Q1 and expects growth to continue as a result of a mix of cuts and new projects.

3 May 2017

Total’s Q1 income up as Brent prices soar

Total registered $2.6 billion of adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2017, a 56% increase year on year.

28 April 2017
Italian pipeline infrastructure. The country is increasing its international interconnections. (Eni)

Snam eyes reverse-flow transit to Ukraine

The Italian TSO’s international development strategy includes creating an eastern route to ship gas to Ukraine and the Balkans.

25 April 2017
Location of the Groningen gas field, the Netherlands. There is little silver lining for the field’s output. (Skitterphoto)

Groningen, Rough problems will boost gas prices

Continued production cuts at the Groningen gas field are reducing Dutch exports to marginal levels, increasing price volatility as well as Europe’s reliance on imported LNG and Russian gas.

21 April 2017

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