Silvia Favasuli

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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. +44 (0)20 3004 6218

BP forecasts stronger LNG trading and greater role for gas

BP has released its Energy Outlook 2019, revising its forecasts from last year’s outlook for 2040 to include more LNG trading and faster growth in gas consumption.

15 February 2019
Krk island, proposed site of Croatia LNG

Croatia LNG state aid signals potential profit risk

The European Commission is likely to approve the government aid given to the project, but lack of interest in booking capacity may nevertheless mean that it is under-utilised.

14 February 2019
Peter Altmeier, German economy minister

German regas sector poised for lift-off

Germany’s economy minister has announced provisions to favour the construction of LNG facilities, and a new big player has signed up for long-term capacity at Brunsbüttel.

13 February 2019
Pipe stringing for Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, Alexandroupoli, Greece, September 2016

IGB construction delayed to Q2 2019

Construction work on the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria has been delayed to the end of May 2019.

8 February 2019
A drilling rig in the Romanian Black Sea

OMV hits pause button on Black Sea plans

The company’s spending plans for 2019 do not include investment in the region, a move that is the result of Romania’s unstable legal framework.

7 February 2019
A gas compressor station at the Baumgarten hub

Baumgarten fights for share in changing market

Austria’s TSO is fighting to preserve the Baumgarten gas hub's role against attempts by Slovakia and Hungary to divert transit volumes.

7 February 2019
Work on the offshore section of TurkStream.

Ball in Hungary’s court after Bulgaria takes FID on South Stream Lite

Bulgartransgaz has taken an FID on its section of the pipeline, meaning all eyes are now on Hungary, which has yet to make progress on its segment.

5 February 2019
Construction work on TAP in Albania in 2016.

TAP open to downsized second phase

The company developing the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has said it is flexible on the capacity of its second phase, suggesting the expansion may be significantly less than 10 bcm/y.

1 February 2019
LNG bunkering in Rostock, Germany.

Novatek boosts Baltic small-scale LNG plans

Novatek will launch its Vysotsk liquefaction plant in February and has plans to almost triple its capacity with a second 1 mtpa train.

30 January 2019
Exploration in Romania's section of the Black Sea

Capacity auction results dampen BRUA prospects

Not enough bookings were received in the latest capacity auction for the Romania-Hungary interconnection point of the BRUA pipeline, meaning developers have one last round to attract the interest they need.

29 January 2019
Artist's impression of the Wilhelmshaven FSRU. (LNG Wilhelmshaven)

Exxon agreement pushes Wilhelmshaven FSRU closer to FID

The involvement of both Exxon and Qatar Petroleum in the German project suggests Uniper may be able to secure a return on its investment and progress to an FID soon.

28 January 2019
Pipeline welding in Spain.

Portugal pushes support for rejected STEP pipeline

Portugal’s energy regulator has told ACER it should be allowed a say on the future of the STEP pipeline after France and Spain rejected the project.

25 January 2019
A Romanian gas plant.

Romania’s Romgaz eyes expansion abroad

Romgaz is looking to diversify overseas and is courting SOCAR to enter into a partnership.

24 January 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with Serbian President Aleksander Vučić during the former's visit to Belgrade this month.

Russia commits to Serbian route for TurkStream extension

Moscow is ready to invest $1.4 billion in a Serbian pipeline that will form part of the continuation of TurkStream into Europe, but it has avoided giving a deadline on construction.

18 January 2019
Poland's LNG terminal during its construction.

Poland’s move away from Russia brings risks

State-owned PGNiG is investing in an expansion to the Świnoujście LNG terminal and a new pipeline connection with Norway, but its motives seem more about politics than economics.

17 January 2019
Greece's Revithoussa LNG terminal.

FSRU market tightness delays Alexandroupolis LNG project

Gastrade has extended the timeline for completion of its Greek LNG development by six months to allow more time for the delivery of an FSRU.

14 January 2019

Norway cuts gas investment forecasts

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has revised down its forecasts for investment in Norway's gas sector over the next five years.

11 January 2019
Laying the pipe for Turkish Stream

CEE will be key gas battleground in 2019

The EU and Gazprom will both focus on Central and Eastern Europe this year, with the former pushing its Projects of Common Interest and the latter pursuing South Stream Lite.

9 January 2019
Slovakian gas storage infrastructure

NS2 to benefit Slovakian storage player

Nafta stands to benefit from Gazprom’s new supply routes with its latest acquisition.

9 January 2019
Exploration in the Black-Sea offshore Romania.

Romania’s new tax regime jeopardises regional investment

The country’s sudden introduction of unfavourable fiscal terms risks derailing the BRUA pipeline and regional projects that plan to rely on it as an export route.

3 January 2019

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