New South African Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (right) is sworn in. (Flickr/GCIS) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Budget speech casts doubt on SA gas policy

The South African energy minister’s vague budget speech seemed to suggest a shift in policy away from LNG and towards pipeline imports from Mozambique.

By Leigh Elston 26 May 2017
Ministers visiting GridCo’s Ghana power station. Ghana is struggling to balance gas and power supplies. (GridCo) Policy & Regulation

Next Ghana IPP tender not expected until 2020

Ghana’s supply plans will have to wait for gas to become available as power producers work through a backlog of incomplete projects.

BP drilling at Egypt’s Atoll field. Production in the country is set to grow. (BP plc) Exploration & Production

Egyptian upstream boosts hopes for LNG exports

Confidence is growing in Egypt’s upstream sector as new developments start up and the country looks to switch from LNG importer to exporter.

MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP) Policy & Regulation

MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition.

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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.

Slight rebound in Latin American gas drilling

Gas-focused drilling in Latin America ticked up during April, with 18 rigs active in the region – a slight increase from March.

Northern China forecast to see reduced LNG output

China’s domestic LNG output is forecast to average 39.36 MMcm/d this week as production falls in the northwest and northeast.

NGVs on the rise in Central & Eastern Europe

There were 195,000 NGVs in the CEE region at the end of 2015, and this figure is expected to grow, according to a survey carried out by regional TSOs.

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.

Production from Malampaya will be depleted by 2024. (Shell)

Duterte backed into corner over SCS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed a joint venture with China and Vietnam to explore for oil and gas in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

DONG Energy is selling off its oil and gas assets to focus on offshore wind energy. (DONG Energy)

Identity crisis: utilities and IOCs

Hefty writedowns and plummeting prices have left IOCs looking to become power developers and traditional utilities turning to renewables.

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.