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
Igor Yusufov with Former Vice President Dick Cheney after the first US-Russia energy summit in 2002. (Igor Yusufov) Global Markets

Russia and US need third energy summit – Yusufov

Former Russian energy minister Igor Yusufov believes a third Russian-American energy summit is key to furthering bilateral energy ties.

9 March 2017
The economic committee of the House of Lords criticised the UK government for excessive intervention in the energy market. (UK House of Lords, Flickr) Policy & Regulation

UK needs competitive energy market – Lord Hollick

The economic committee of the House of Lords criticised the UK government for excessive intervention in the energy market, and has asked for free auctions.

24 February 2017
Eustream’s Mirek Topolánek. (Mirek Topolánek) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Eastring’s goal is not to serve one supplier – Topolánek

Eustream board member Mirek Topolánek discusses the opportunities and challenges of the proposed Eastring pipeline.

22 February 2017
An Italian gas processing plant. Newcomer Saffron Energy sees great potential in the country. (Eni) Companies & Finance

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
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak (Russian Ministry of Energy) Supply & Demand

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
An FPSO in Brazil’s pre-salt basin. Volumes of gas produced are increasing, but CO2 is a problem. (Petrobras) Exploration & Production

Brazil’s pre-salt gas blighted by high CO2 content

Brazil is pumping huge volumes of pre-salt gas, but it contains too much carbon dioxide. Julio Meneghini is working to solve the problem.

10 February 2017
Terje Søviknes, Norway’s new minister of petroleum and energy. (Norwegian energy ministry) Policy & Regulation

New Norwegian minister promises fiscal stability

Norway’s new energy minister is planning to go all out in awarding new licences and is optimistic about his country’s oil and gas sector.

9 February 2017
A power plant in Tunisia. Most of the gas produced in the country is used to generate electricity. (Dana Smillie/World Bank) Exploration & Production

Tunisia’s NOC plans offshore seismic survey

Tunisian NOC ETAP is planning a 3D seismic survey of its offshore acreage, but transparency measures are slowing progress, says ETAP Director Mohamed Ali Khelil.

7 February 2017
A Petroceltic wellhead at West Dikirnis, Egypt. SDX will begin exploration in the country this month. (Petroceltic) Exploration & Production

SDX Energy survives in Egypt as others fail

SDX Energy Country Manager Ahmed Moaaz explains how his company has made it through Egypt’s money woes as it looks to begin exploration in the country.

3 February 2017
A Pemex rig off the Mexican coast. The country is offering offshore acreage in its upcoming licensing round. (Pemex) Exploration & Production

Mexico’s gas industry faces crucial test – Cota

Marco Cota, former director general for hydrocarbon exploration and extraction at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the country’s plans for gas-focused exploration.

2 February 2017
Iveco’s new Stralis NP dual-fuel HGV – the first vehical of its kind able to run on CNG and LNG. (Iveco) Gas for Transport

Iveco hopes to boost development of NGV sector

Iveco’s launch of a dual-fuel truck and the company’s support for filling stations are part of its plan to speed up NGV development in Europe.

1 February 2017
Drilling to inspect gas pipes in the UK. A hydrogen blend could save 6 mtpa in carbon emissions. (National Grid) Policy & Regulation

UK gets set for green gas grid pilot

Injecting hydrogen into the UK gas grid could cut carbon emissions by millions of tons, National Grid Manager Andy Lewis tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

31 January 2017
Larry Bottomley, CEO of Chariot (Chariot) Exploration & Production

Chariot looking for partners in Namibia – CEO

Larry Bottomley, chief executive of Chariot Oil & Gas, tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the company’s activities in Namibia.

12 January 2017
Jim Menard, general manager. (The Weather Company) Companies & Finance

Weather forecasters have more to offer the upstream

Improvements in weather forecasting technology are starting to benefit upstream operators with greater coverage and longer forecasts, says The Weather Company’s Jim Menard.

6 January 2017
A German solar plant. The country has installed roughly 600% more solar capacity than Spain. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

The long road to an energy-only market

Creating an energy-only market across the EU with minimal subsidies seems a long way off, says Annika Hedberg of the European Policy Centre.

3 January 2017
The LNG terminal on Revithoussa Island. Greece could use virtual trading to swap gas from the terminal. (EC) Policy & Regulation

Competition on way for Greek gas market – analysts

Greece is reforming its retail gas market to encourage demand growth and establish a more competitive environment, two regional analysts tell Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

13 December 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
Gladstone LNG. Australian LNG exporters are struggling in the low oil price environment. (Santos) LNG

Collaboration and technology could save Aussie LNG

The time is right for Aussie LNG to invest in collaboration and new technology, according to Bernadette Cullinane from Deloitte.

21 November 2016
Tord Lien, Norway’s petroleum and energy minister. (EC) Exploration & Production

Norway looks to exploration drilling in 2017 – Lien

Exploration activity has slowed in Norway because of low oil prices, but 2017 drilling plans are a reason to be optimistic, according to the country’s petroleum and energy minister.

11 November 2016
An offshore rig at the Mahakam block. Indonesia is reforming its upstream sector. (SKKMigas) Policy & Regulation

Help is on the way for Indonesia – energy ministry

Wiratmaja Puja says Indonesia is attempting to reform and revive the country’s ailing upstream sector.

10 November 2016

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