MEP Krišjanis Karinš is steering new legislation related to power reform through the European Parliament. (EP) EU Energy Policy

Gas companies lobby for capacity market reform

A number of gas companies have thrown their weight behind a proposal by the European Commission to exclude coal-fired power plants from capacity payments.

By Andreas Walstad 27 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Saffron Energy to start production at Bezzecca

Saffron has received the final approval from Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development for gas production at the Bezzecca gas field.

12 April 2017
LNG

Fluxys and Klaipedos Nafta to develop small-scale LNG projects

The Belgian TSO has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lithuania’s Klaipedos Nafta.

12 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Eight new gas projects to start operations in North Sea by 2020

Thirty new oil and gas projects will start operations in the North Sea by 2020, with the UK leading 19 of them.

12 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

EU power sector emissions fall by 4%

Greenhouse gas emissions from the European power sector fell by 4% in 2016 compared with the previous year, with emissions from coal-fired power plants dropping by 11%.

12 April 2017
A truck leaves the Corrib gas terminal. It may be a good time for Shell to sell up. (PA) Exploration & Production

Shell likely to cash in on Ireland’s Corrib

After a challenging beginning, the Corrib gas field is operational and secure. This may be the best moment for Shell to recover its investment and sell up, analysts say.

11 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Danish government proposes bill to veto Nord Stream 2

The Danish government is proposing a law to allow the country to veto pipeline projects crossing its territory.

10 April 2017
Supply & Demand

European gas demand up 7% in 2016

Gas consumption in the EU28 increased by 7% in 2016 compared with the previous year, industry association Eurogas said on Monday.

10 April 2017
The Sabine Pass LNG plant in the United States. Just 9% of US LNG cargoes were shipped to Europe in 2016. LNG

Little US LNG landing in Europe

US LNG is proving far more popular outside Europe, which favoured oil-indexed cargoes and Russian pipeline supplies in 2016.

10 April 2017
Manzanillo terminal. Under the current agreement, LNG re-exports to Europe are not possible. (Samsung C&T) EU Energy Policy

EU ups pressure on Mexico for energy liberalisation

The EU wants Mexico to further liberalise its energy sector as a precondition to signing a new free-trade agreement.

10 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Lazio administrative court temporarily suspends TAP works

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio has temporarily suspended the removal of olive trees from the landfall site of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Italy.

7 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels opens investigation into German capacity reserve

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to set up an electricity capacity reserve comply with EU state aid rules

7 April 2017
LNG

Germany still considering two LNG terminals – Pfeiffer

Germany is still considering building the Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel LNG terminals, although investors are lacking for both projects.

7 April 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Saipem could build East Med and Poseidon pipelines

Italian engineering and construction group Saipem is interested in building the proposed EastMed and Poseidon pipelines.

6 April 2017
Gas for Transport

Total to open 200 new CNG filling stations in Europe

Total will open 200 new CNG stations in Europe by 2026, of which 110 will be in France, the group said in a statement on Thursday.

6 April 2017
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On) Policy & Regulation

Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.

6 April 2017
Alternative Fuels

European power companies pledge no new coal plants after 2020

European power industry association Eurelectric has said its members do not plan to build new coal-fired power plants after 2020.

5 April 2017
Exploration & Production

Decline in L-gas output means new investment needed – ENTSOG

The anticipated decline in the production of low calorific gas in northwestern Europe means investment is urgently needed to convert facilities to handle high calorific gas, ENTSOG has said.

5 April 2017
The GreenStream receiving terminal in Sicily.  Snam and Eni, are pushing the development of Italy as a gas hub. (Eni) Supply & Demand

Italy’s new role as a Mediterranean transit hub

Making Italy into a gas hub could increase liquidity in Europe, eventually leading to lower prices and more flexibility, analysts say.

5 April 2017
A truck loading LNG at the Zeebrugge terminal in Belgium. (Fluxys Belgium) LNG

Zeebrugge LNG finds small-scale success

Belgium’s small-scale truck loading and bunkering operations could be the way ahead for Europe’s LNG terminals, which are largely lying idle.

5 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Renewables progress hits fossil fuel use

The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015.

5 April 2017

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