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

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.

LNG capacity at CNOOC’s Ningbo terminal in Zhejiang is set to grow. (CNOOC Zhejiang LNG) Fundamentals

Zhejiang set for gas demand boom

Zhejiang’s 13th Five-Year Plan for Coal, Oil and Gas calls for gas to take a larger share of the energy mix as the province tries to keep up with national targets.

Russia and Iran discuss energy link-up

Russia and Iran are discussing two options for linking their energy systems, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said.

23 February 2017
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.

23 February 2017

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.

23 February 2017

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.

22 February 2017

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.

22 February 2017

Saudi Aramco unlikely to float on Asian exchanges

Saudi Arabia is now considering listing its oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco on the New York, London or Toronto stock exchanges, but is less likely to list in Asia.

21 February 2017
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.

21 February 2017
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.

21 February 2017
CNOOC’s Tianjin LNG terminal. China’s LNG imports may soon reach 30 mtpa. (CNOOC)

China-Korea LNG shake-up sparks Chinese scepticism

Chinese experts have poured cold water on a prediction that China will surpass South Korea as the world’s second-largest LNG importer this year.

21 February 2017
Source: Enagas, Snam Rete Gas, Interfax

African pipeline exports to Europe hold steady

North African pipeline exports to Europe fell by 0.7% in Week 7 from the previous week, to 965.9 million cubic metres.

21 February 2017
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Wildcat’s Pick of the Week

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

20 February 2017

India considering 8% gas price hike in April

Gas prices in India are likely to be increased by 8% from the beginning of April driven by rising rates in reference markets.

20 February 2017
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.

20 February 2017

Mexico swaps Peruvian LNG for US cargoes

Brazilian and Argentine demand for United States-produced LNG has vanished. However, Mexico is turning into Uncle Sam’s best customer.

20 February 2017
Pipe sections for Nord Stream 2. A United States official has criticised the project. (Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 ‘a security threat’ – US official

Russia’s planned pipeline has come under scrutiny from the United States, with a senior official voicing his opposition to the project.

17 February 2017

PetroChina pipeline unit passes 1 bcm supply milestone

A unit of PetroChina Southwest Pipeline Co. has supplied 1 billion cubic metres of gas in Guizhou province since it was established in 2012.

16 February 2017

Northern Iran supply continues despite Turkmengaz dispute

The pricing dispute between Turkmengaz and National Iranian Gas Co. is still unresolved, but northern Iran has not suffered, the deputy minister of trade and international affairs has told Interfax.

16 February 2017

Gazprom gas price to non-FSU countries rises

Gazprom’s calculated gas price for non-FSU countries has risen to $205.0 per thousand cubic metres this month.

16 February 2017
Conflict flared in August 2016 when Starenergie signed an EPC contract with China Energy Engineering Corp. without permission from Endeavor Energy. (Starenergie2073)

Endeavor Energy stands firm in Ivory Coast

Endeavor Energy and Starenergie 2073, partners in the Songon power plant in Ivory Coast, are struggling over their rights to the project.

16 February 2017
Iran plans to invite bids for its licensing round by the end of the Iranian year. (NIOC)

Iran pushes back tender as bilateral talks continue

Iran is trying to maintain interest in its first post-sanctions licensing round despite the signing of bilateral agreements and fears of deteriorating relations with the United States.

16 February 2017

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