The Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France. Fessenheim 1 will be taken offline in the coming weeks. (PA) Alternative Fuels

France plans more nuclear outages as winter sets in

France’s nuclear output is at its lowest level for 10 years and more reactors are set to be taken offline soon, leaving gas to plug the gap.

Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, at the Winter Package launch. (EC) Policy & Regulation

Brussels launches reforms to power sector

The European Commission will launch a mega-package of proposed new laws on Wednesday in a move to reform the EU electricity market.

Commissioners Maroš Šefcovic (left) and Miguel Arias Cañete at the launch. (EC) EU Energy Policy

Winter package sends mixed signals on gas

The European Commission’s ‘Winter Package’ of legislation for the electricity market has advantages and disadvantages for the gas industry.

2 December 2016
Exploration & Production

Ireland EPA report dampens fracking hopes

A series of reports published by Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency indicate fracking will not be permitted in the country any time soon.

1 December 2016
EU Energy Policy

EC adopts position limits under MiFID 2

The European Commission has adopted stricter position limits for commodity traders under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

1 December 2016
Supply & Demand

Germany, Italy own half of EU gas import contracts

Germany and Italy account for more than half of the gas contracted by EU countries with non-EU suppliers.

30 November 2016
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Share of fossil fuels in France’s power mix up by nearly 40%

The contribution of coal, oil and gas to France’s power mix increased by nearly 40% last month to compensate for a drop in nuclear and hydropower output.

29 November 2016
Policy & Regulation

UK government drops plans to break up National Grid

UK ministers have backed away from threats to break up transmission system operator National Grid.

29 November 2016
Companies & Finance

Denmark’s Maersk and DONG may merge their oil and gas operations

Denmark’s AP Møller Maersk and DONG Energy are in talks to merge their oil and gas operations in a deal that would create a business worth more than $10 billion.

29 November 2016
Truck-loading at the Gate LNG terminal. Experts believe the small-scale sector could lift European demand. (Gate) Supply & Demand

Small-scale projects to boost European gas sector

Europe needs more gas infrastructure to boost demand and meet climate targets, despite excess capacity and forecasts of flat demand.

29 November 2016
BP's Andrew platform, North Sea. (BP plc) Exploration & Production

Unlocking North Sea decommissioning deals

Christopher McGee-Osborne, partner at Dentons, talks about the firm’s latest Europe-focused report and decommissioning in the North Sea.

29 November 2016
EU Energy Policy

Brussels clears Czech renewables subsidy scheme

The European Commission has retrospectively approved a support scheme for facilities producing renewable energy built in the Czech Republic between 2006 and 2012

28 November 2016
Alternative Fuels

Switzerland votes to reject nuclear phase-out timetable

Switzerland has rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power.

28 November 2016
Exploration & Production

Norwegian state may increase Dvalin field stake

The Norwegian government may further increase its stake in the Dvalin gas field development in the Norwegian Sea, the country’s oil ministry said on Friday.

28 November 2016
An MVM gas-fired power plant in Hungary. Renewables have been prioritised over conventional generation. (MVM) Policy & Regulation

Lack of binding EU targets clouds energy transition

The EU’s legal framework for renewables beyond 2020 is hazy, leaving experts uncertain whether the 2030 energy and climate targets will be reached.

28 November 2016
An artist's rendition of the Aasta Hansteen field. (Statoil) Exploration & Production

Aasta Hansteen still waiting for platform construction

Statoil’s first deepwater field in the Norwegian sea will start up in H2 2018, the company says. Meanwhile, development costs are rising.

28 November 2016
Global Markets

EU and Ukraine sign new energy partnership agreement

The EU signed a new memorandum of understanding with Ukraine on Thursday regarding a "strategic energy partnership" to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector.

25 November 2016
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Novak and Šefcovic discuss OPAL pipeline at meeting

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefcovic discussed the EU’s recent OPAL decision at their meeting on Friday

25 November 2016
Polish pipeline infrastructure. The proposed interconnector with the Czech Republic has hit obstacles. (Gaz-System) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Polish-Czech gas interconnector in jeopardy

The proposed Stork 2 pipeline between Poland and the Czech Republic could be facing problems because neither country has applied for EU funding for the project.

25 November 2016
Supply & Demand

Gas will be long-term winner by 2040 – IEA

Gas use in the EU power sector fell by nearly 12% per year between 2010 and 2014, but overall demand for the fuel will increase over the next 25 years.

25 November 2016
EU Energy Policy

Ukraine and EU to sign MOU on strategic energy partnership

Ukraine is set to sign a memorandum of understanding and a strategic partnership on energy with the EU at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

24 November 2016
Exploration & Production

Po Valley wins Adriatic concession

Po Valley Energy has been awarded a preliminary production concession for the 1.33 billion cubic metre Teodorico offshore gas field in the northern Adriatic.

24 November 2016

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