A hydrogen-powered vehicle. The new process produces hydrogen pure enough to use directly in a hydrogen fuel cell. (Toyota) Alternative Fuels

Researchers see the light on hydrogen fuel

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new technology to produce pure hydrogen fuel from biomass using sunlight instead of heat. Interfax Natural Gas Daily finds out more.

By Silvia Favasuli 27 March 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Statkraft signs first deal under new French renewables scheme

Statkraft has signed its first power-purchase agreement under the new French support mechanism, which replaced the feed-in tariff scheme in January 2016.

27 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Gas surpasses coal in UK power market

Gas overtook coal as the UK’s main source of electricity generation in 2016.

27 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Rockhopper takes Italy to court over Ombrina Mare

Rockhopper Exploration has started a legal dispute with Italy to protect its investment in the Ombrina Mare project in the Adriatic Sea.

24 March 2017
Alternative Fuels

Edison launches new smart home service

Italian energy company Edison has launched new technology to provide customers with ways to manage their domestic energy consumption.

24 March 2017
LNG

Belgium to receive LNG tanker on 31 March – port authority

Belgium is set to receive the Al Deebel LNG tanker on 31 March, according to the Zeebrugge port authority website.

24 March 2017
An E.On coal power plant in Germany. Energy efficency could see gas lose market share to coal. (E.On) Policy & Regulation

Gas industry cautions against EU efficiency reforms

The gas industry is lobbying against stricter EU targets for energy efficiency, which it says could favour coal over gas in the energy mix.

23 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Cyprus upbeat about future licensing rounds

Cyprus is looking ahead to its next oil and gas licensing rounds. The country recently held its third licensing round, for which contracts with IOCs are expected to be signed on 5-6 April.

23 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Maersk signs Danish deal to redevelop Tyra field

Oil and gas company Maersk has signed a deal with the Danish government to pay less tax on its North Sea activities until 2025.

23 March 2017
Alternative Fuels

Bright future for Tesla batteries in UK pilot project

A battery system from United States-based company Tesla is about to be deployed in the British city of Manchester as part of an experimental ‘smart city’ project.

23 March 2017
Exploration & Production

OGA awards 25 licences on UK Continental Shelf

The UK Oil and Gas Authority has awarded 25 licences for 111 blocks or part blocks to 17 companies in the country’s 29th offshore licensing round.

23 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Nottingham grants IGas permission to drill shale well

Nottinghamshire County Council has granted planning consent for onshore oil and gas explorer IGas to drill an exploratory well for shale gas.

22 March 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Olive trees still preventing work on TAP from taking root

Operations to remove olive trees from the planned landing site for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Italy have been partially halted by protests.

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.

22 March 2017
EU Energy Policy

ACER says ENTSOG must improve cost benefit analysis

ENTSOG’s draft gas infrastructure plan for 2017 must improve on its cost benefit analysis, ACER says.

22 March 2017
Exploration & Production

Cyprus approves exploration contracts

The Cypriot government has approved agreements with Eni and two consortiums for the exploration of blocks 8, 10 and 6 in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone.

21 March 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU Council adopts IGA transparency rules

Europe’s rules on transparency for IGAs on oil and gas are set to come into force this year after the Council of the EU adopted the rules on Tuesday.

21 March 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Eni and Gazprom sign memorandum of understanding

Italy’s Eni has signed an MOU with Russia’s Gazprom to cooperate on developing Southern Corridor gas supplies.

21 March 2017
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.

21 March 2017
Construction of the OPAL pipeline. The European Commission recently allowed Gazprom to increase its flows on the line. (Wingas) EU Energy Policy

Gazprom switches strategy to settle antitrust case

Gazprom’s proposed remedies to settle the EU’s antitrust case signal the Russian company is changing to a strategy based on volume, not price.

20 March 2017
Companies & Finance

Descalzi confirmed as Eni CEO for three more years

The Italian government has confirmed Claudio Descalzi as chief executive of Eni for a second three-year term.

20 March 2017

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