A new CEO could mean further changes are ahead for Sonatrach. (Sonatrach) Companies & Finance

More change at Sonatrach clouds future plans

The appointment of a new CEO at Sonatrach, the Algerian company’s sixth in the last seven years, casts further uncertainty over its strategic direction.

By Verity Ratcliffe 22 March 2017
A gas filling station in Germany. The country is lagging behind others in Europe when it comes to NGVs. (Daimler) Gas for Transport

Courts push Germany to clean up transport

A series of lawsuits is forcing Germany to tackle air pollution at a regional level, but more policy backing will be needed to encourage NGV uptake.

An aeroderivative gas turbine. China could massively expand its use of the technology. (Siemens) Pipelines, Storage & Power

China hopes aero engines will help gas power soar

Gas-fired distributed generation is trailing government targets, but localised manufacturing of turbine equipment could kickstart interest.

The Adriatic LNG terminal. Italy’s other two regasification facilities were largely idle last year. (Adriatic LNG) LNG

New Italian LNG terminal in the offing

Italy is refining its new energy strategy and is expected to call for an expansion of the country’s regasification capacity.

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Turkey’s gas consumption continues to fall

Gas consumption in Turkey has been falling over the last couple of years after a sustained period of growth.

Chinese LNG prices creep up as demand slows

Chinese LNG demand slowed last week after northern cities switched off gas-fired district heating boilers for the end of the winter heating season.

Algerian exports down despite year-on-year gains

Italian pipeline imports from North Africa fell slightly in Week 11 from a week earlier as domestic demand continued to decline.

Asian spot LNG prices hit four-month low

Asian spot LNG prices had fallen to $6.51/MMBtu by the end of last week, down by 4.27% from the previous week and their lowest level since early November.

Igor Yusufov with Former Vice President Dick Cheney after the first US-Russia energy summit in 2002. (Igor Yusufov)

Russia and US need third energy summit – Yusufov

Former Russian energy minister Igor Yusufov believes a third Russian-American energy summit is key to furthering bilateral energy ties.

The economic committee of the House of Lords criticised the UK government for excessive intervention in the energy market. (UK House of Lords, Flickr)

UK needs competitive energy market – Lord Hollick

The economic committee of the House of Lords criticised the UK government for excessive intervention in the energy market, and has asked for free auctions.

Eustream’s Mirek Topolánek. (Mirek Topolánek)

Eastring’s goal is not to serve one supplier – Topolánek

Eustream board member Mirek Topolánek discusses the opportunities and challenges of the proposed Eastring pipeline.

An Italian gas processing plant. Newcomer Saffron Energy sees great potential in the country. (Eni)

Saffron Energy sees easy access to Italian market

Saffron Energy is a new company created to develop three gas fields in northern Italy. Its CEO explains the advantages of producing in the country.

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Protesters on top of a coal train bound for the UK’s Drax power station in 2008. (PA)

Leaving it in the ground is unrealistic

The debate over the proper balance between capitalism and climate is becoming increasingly polarised.

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Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi. (Eni)

Eni-Total tie up is a move that could pay off

The partnership between the Italian and French majors in the East Mediterranean could help both companies dominate the Cypriot offshore sector.