The Qatargas 4 LNG plant. Qatar is considering investing abroad. (Shell) LNG

Qatari minister hints at LNG portfolio ambitions

Qatar is considering becoming a global LNG portfolio player and intends to continue to invest in LNG infrastructure in importing countries, according to its energy minister.

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Power lines near Sasolburg. South Africa hopes to support LNG-to-power projects. (John Hogg, World Bank) LNG

Delays worry bidders in South Africa’s gas IPP tender

Further delays are expected on South Africa’s gas IPP, which may be scaring off some of the tender’s smaller bidders.

Pipeline production for Nord Stream 2. The project has come under EU scrutiny. (Nord Stream 2) EU Energy Policy

Nord Stream 2 is a worry for EU priority projects

Nord Stream 2 could jeopardise investment in EU Projects of Common Interest because of Gazprom’s growing market dominance, critics have said.

The Sabine Pass LNG plant in the US. China took six cargoes from the plant last year. (Cheniere) LNG

China urged to forge closer US energy ties

China should look to position itself to import LNG from the United States to satisfy its soaring gas demand, analysts have said.

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Surge in Australian rigs boosts count in Asia Pacific

Australia was the only country in the Asia Pacific region to add gas-focused drilling rigs to its total in January 2017, with its count increasing by five from a month earlier.

Malaysia maintains LNG export volumes in 2016

Malaysia maintained a high level of LNG exports in 2016 even though its revenues and imports declined.

Projects chosen for EU funding under CEF second call

The EU has selected 18 gas and power infrastructure projects to receive funding under its second call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility in 2016.

Chinese wholesale LNG prices inch upwards

Chinese wholesale LNG prices averaged RMB 3,024/t last week, edging up by 0.23% from the previous week.

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.

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak (Russian Ministry of Energy)

Russian energy minster talks plans and negotiations

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak tells Interfax about the current state of his country’s gas market and the plans for its future.

An FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt basin. Volumes of gas produced are increasing, but CO2 is a problem. (Petrobras)

Brazil’s pre-salt gas blighted by high CO2 content

Brazil is pumping huge volumes of pre-salt gas, but it contains too much carbon dioxide. Julio Meneghini is working to solve the problem.

Havana, Cuba. Thawing relations between Cuba and the United States has let in Netflix and AirBnB. (AirBnB)

Could US gas play a role in Cuban Thaw?

Energy-hungry Cuba is at a crossroads. But cheap US gas could be a valuable weapon in pulling the Caribbean island out of Venezuela’s political orbit.

Manzanillo LNG terminal, Mexico. The Panama Canal allows large vessels to reach it from the US. (Samsung C&T)

Uncle Sam wins in Mexico’s standoff with Peru

There is nothing like a supply risk to find out who your friends are, as Mexico has learned in recent months.

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

The Stavangerfjord LNG-fuelled ferry. (Kimm Saatvedt, Palookaville)

LNG bunkering gathers momentum

Europe’s LNG bunkering market is looking hopeful, as companies turn to it to fill the region’s gas consumption void.