Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) Global Markets

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

By Andreas Walstad 23 May 2017
Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda. (Council of the EU) Global Markets

Parli italiano? Under-use of English hampers hubs

A lack of detailed information available in English is an obstacle to trade in many energy markets, including Italy.

19 May 2017
Global Markets

Nord Stream 2 will do without Latvia’s help

Nord Stream 2 will proceed without the participation of Latvia, the company developing the pipeline expansion said in an official letter to the port authority of Ventspils

18 May 2017
A rig in Angola. The country acceded to the New York Convention last year. (BP plc) Global Markets

Energy firms remain sceptical of MEA arbitration

Oil and gas companies in the Middle East and Africa are still wary of using arbitration courts to settle in-country disputes.

18 May 2017
An LNG tanker off the US coast. China has been reluctant to sign direct agreements with US LNG suppliers (FERC) Global Markets

Trump’s China deal may signal boost for US exporters

US President Donald Trump’s quest for closer trade ties with China could be the boost his country’s LNG industry needs, experts say.

18 May 2017
VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG) Global Markets

Germany’s gas hub merger sparks controversy

The planned merger of Gaspool and NetConnect Germany has political support, but many observers are unconvinced.

18 May 2017
Global Markets

Boost in supply cuts Chinese LNG prices

LNG plants in Shandong and Sichuan are expected to reduce wholesale prices in response to supply increases.

18 May 2017
Global Markets

Labour pledges to ban fracking and boost renewables

The UK’s Labour Party has promised to ban fracking if it wins the country’s general election on 8 June.

17 May 2017
Tianjin LNG terminal. China has received a total of nine cargoes from the US so far. (CNOOC) Global Markets

Industry plays down China’s demand for US LNG

Last week’s agreement between the US and China has paved the way for increasing LNG trade between the two countries, but a boom in US exports is not expected anytime soon.

17 May 2017
Jaroslav Neverovic (centre) at an ITRE committee meeting. (European Parliament) Global Markets

Poland-Lithuania energy talks rise above politics

Energy relations between Poland and Lithuania should not be marred by political disputes, a former Lithuanian energy minister says.

17 May 2017
A solar power plant owned by RWE subsidiary Innogy. (Innogy) Global Markets

European utilities face increased regulatory pressure

RWE used its Q1 earnings call to highlight how price caps and stricter EU rules on emissions are contributing to a tough business climate.

17 May 2017
Global Markets

Poland awaits first LNG cargo from US

The first LNG cargo sold from the US to Poland is expected to arrive next month, marking a symbolic shift for a country largely dependent on Russia.

17 May 2017
Global Markets

CBM-to-LNG plant shutdown cuts Chinese supply

Suspension of operations at the liquefaction plant in Shanxi last week reduced Chinese LNG output.

17 May 2017
Global Markets

Philippines open to joint exploration of South China Sea – Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is open to exploring the South China Sea’s natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam.

16 May 2017
Global Markets

METI will support Japanese exports of low-emission technologies

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has pledged to support the export of low-emission gas and coal power technologies to developing countries.

16 May 2017
The case between Cobalt and Sonangol related to Angola’s offshore blocks 20 and 21. (Cobalt) Global Markets

Sonangol unlikely to pay $2 bln Cobalt arbitration

Cash-strapped Sonangol is unlikely to be able to foot a $2 billion legal bill if it loses its arbitration case with US-based Cobalt, sources say.

16 May 2017
Platform P-52 at Brazil’s Roncador field. Around 45% of the country’s gas output comes from the pre-salt. (Petrobras) Global Markets

Brazil needs pre-salt gas plan to unleash potential

Pre-salt gas now constitutes around 45% of Brazil’s total gas production. However, huge volumes of the fuel are not making it to market.

16 May 2017
Wildcat gives you a head-start on the coming week. Global Markets

Wildcat’s Pick of the Week

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

15 May 2017
Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route. (Transitgas) Global Markets

Italy reveals plans to boost hub liquidity

Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route that brings in gas from markets in northwest Europe.

15 May 2017
Global Markets

Titas cuts illegal connections

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution, a Bangladeshi state-owned authority, cut 33,609 illegal household gas connections in April.

15 May 2017
Global Markets

Philippines leads call for joint exploration of Spratly Islands

A Filipino envoy is calling for the joint exploration of oil and gas between the Philippines, China and Vietnam in the areas around the Spratly Islands.

15 May 2017

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