A rig in the Khazzan gas field. Phase 1 of the project will boost Oman’s gas output by 30%. (BP plc) Alternative Fuels

Oman plans to import LNG and coal at Duqm

The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal.

By Verity Ratcliffe 16 May 2017
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Welsh wind farms blown away by DECC

Four of six wind farms planned in Wales have been rejected by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change

8 September 2015
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Offshore upswing boosts UK energy production

The UK’s domestic energy production rose by 8.9% to 31.1 mt of oil equivalent in Q2 2015, boosted by increased production on the UK Continental Shelf.

4 September 2015
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London plans to further tighten renewables subsidies

The UK government has proposed to end feed-in tariffs for new small-scale renewable projects in 2016, or reduce the remaining budget available if the scheme is found to be unaffordable after a review.

28 August 2015
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Crude price rally biggest in six years

Crude oil prices firmed on Friday after ending their longest decline since 1986 with the largest rally in six years on Thursday, Reuters reported.

28 August 2015
Tourah cement plant, Egypt. The country lifted its ban on coal imports for the cement sector in 2014. (Suez Cement) Alternative Fuels

Upstream delays add to Egyptian supply woes

Egypt is facing a long wait for new gas projects as demand rises and field production declines, with LNG struggling to fill the gap.

27 August 2015
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TransCanada makes Energy East pipeline agreement

Calgary-based TransCanada has reached an agreement with three Canadian gas distributors on its proposed $12 billion Energy East oil pipeline.

25 August 2015
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Gas bails out drought-hit Brazil

Interfax explores how gas is filling the hydropower breach as the elements fail Brazil for the fourth successive year.

24 August 2015
Indian power prices are too low to promote gas over coal for generation. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Indian gas-to-power struggles despite price drop

Gas-fired power generation in India is struggling to find available feedstock at affordable prices, as experts push for policy changes.

20 August 2015
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Spain sees gas-fired power soar in 2015

Lower power production from hydro and wind has prompted a sharp increase in gas demand from power generation in Spain.

19 August 2015
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South Africa seeks nuclear cost transparency

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has asked for greater transparency around the costs of nuclear power in the country.

18 August 2015
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UK gas generation picks up as prices dip

Several large power stations have seen closure, capacity reduction, full or partial mothballing, or conversion to biomass in the UK.

17 August 2015
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Brent crude to average $59/bbl in 2016 – EIA

The price of Brent crude will average $54 per barrel in 2015 and $59/bbl in 2016, according to the United States Energy Information Administration.

12 August 2015
Japan’s Sendai nuclear power plant at the time it was shut down in 2011. It has now come back online. (PA) Alternative Fuels

Japanese nuclear restart to weigh on LNG market

Japan has restarted its first nuclear power plant since the Fukushima disaster, paving the way for others and reducing the country’s demand for LNG.

11 August 2015
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UK renewables reach record high

The UK saw historic shifts in energy consumption in 2014 as renewables reached a record high, while overall energy use and emissions fell.

7 August 2015
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Bullish outlook for Asia’s nuclear capacity

The Fukushima disaster has caused Japan, Korea and Taiwan to rein in their nuclear ambitions in the face of public opposition – but other Asian states are planning big expansions.

6 August 2015
Dungeness B nuclear power plant in the UK. EDF wants to concentrate on nuclear and renewables. (PA) Alternative Fuels

EDF considers sale of European assets

French power giant EDF may sell its fossil fuel production and generation assets in Italy and elsewhere on Continental Europe to focus on nuclear and renewables.

3 August 2015
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Endesa Chile to phase out coal

Endesa Chile will no longer build coal plants in the country and has cancelled the Punta Alcalde coal project as part of its strategy to phase out its use of the fuel.

30 July 2015
Blaye nuclear power plant near Bordeaux, France. The country is planning to cap its nuclear generation. (PA) Alternative Fuels

French carbon tax offers some respite for gas

With a planned cap on nuclear generation on the drawing board, gas-to-power could stand to gain in France but faces significant hurdles.

28 July 2015
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UK planning to cut renewable subsidies

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change is holding a consultation on plans to cut renewable energy subsidies for biomass projects and solar PV installations.

22 July 2015
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Japanese nuclear reactor almost ready for restart

The first of Japan’s nuclear power plants slated to restart following the Fukushima disaster is nearly ready to come back online.

21 July 2015

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