Gas flaring in Iraq. The country is aiming to make better use of its associated gas. (PA) Exploration & Production

Iraq plans new gas processing drive

Iraq is aiming to boost its production of associated gas and reduce flaring, but it needs to build new infrastructure to do so, experts say.

By Verity Ratcliffe 23 May 2017
Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) Policy & Regulation

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

A tanker off Indonesia. The country’s government is hoping to progress the Masela project. (SKKMigas) Exploration & Production

Masela edges forward despite political bluster

Inpex is finally making headway at its Masela development in Indonesia after months of political deadlock.

Gilberto Dialuce (centre) from Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development. (Ministry of Economic Development) LNG

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.

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Asian LNG prices rise as region enters summer

Spot LNG prices in Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan continued to increase last week as a result of rising gas-to-power demand.

Lower exports to Spain balanced by Italian gains

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.2% in Week 20 as a result of reduced deliveries to Spain.

China is already a keen customer for US LNG

China is behind only Mexico and Chile in terms of demand for US LNG. However, it is paying top dollar for cargoes.

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.

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.

Jaroslav Neverovic (centre) at an ITRE committee meeting. (European Parliament)

Poland-Lithuania energy talks rise above politics

Energy relations between Poland and Lithuania should not be marred by political disputes, a former Lithuanian energy minister says.

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.

Czech pipeline infrastructure. The country has a favourable stance towards the Nord Stream 2 expansion. (Net4gas)

Czech NS2 support ‘tough luck’ for Poland – Bartuška

Poland and the Czech Republic are struggling to agree over further connecting their gas networks. The Czech ambassador for energy security explains why.

Petrobras is ready to leave the jungle. (Petrobras)

I’m a state company, get me out of here!

Brazilian state giant Petrobras is selling its Azulão field in the Amazonian jungle. The property looks tailor-made for Eneva or Rosneft Brasil.

Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda. (Council of the EU)

Parli italiano? Under-use of English hampers hubs

A lack of detailed information available in English is an obstacle to trade in many energy markets, including Italy.

Wildcat gives you a head-start on the coming week.

Wildcat’s Pick of the Week

Wildcat gives you a head-start on the week and a round-up of what mattered last week.

A rig in the US. Drillers in the country emit large amounts of methane. (Anadarko)

Trump stumbles in war on regulation

Environmentalists scored a victory over Donald Trump this week on fugitive methane emissions. The US president now has to fight regulation the hard way.