BTL Group has completed a successful trial with BP and other companies. (BP plc) Companies & Finance

Scale-up planned for blockchain gas trading

BTL Group is working to scale up a blockchain project that will simplify gas trading and make it safer, according to the company’s chief innovation officer.

By Silvia Favasuli 20 June 2017
An LNG-powered ferry. The German Maritime LNG Platform is urging the government to encourage the use of LNG as a fuel for ships. (LMG Marin) Gas for Transport

LNG needs a boost as maritime fuel – industry body

The managing director of Germany’s Maritime LNG Platform says the country’s government must do more to encourage the use of the fuel.

22 August 2016
South Africa's gas is in the Karoo Basin. (Dominic Morel) Policy & Regulation

Social licence key to South African gas industrialisation

South Africa is working to advance its gas industry, but developers will have to tread carefully to avoid stirring up tensions in the region, says Denton’s Noor Kapdi.

10 August 2016
The Tesla Powerwall. Jeff Dahn is part of a research programme into improving battery technology. (Tesla) EU Energy Policy

Money to be made in power storage – battery expert

Battery researcher Jeff Dahn talks about the future of energy storage and what batteries might mean for fossil fuel companies.

5 August 2016
OPAL allows Eastern European markets to be served from the west. Pipelines, Storage & Power

Nord Stream 2 good for energy security – report

Professor Andreas Goldthau argues expanding Nord Stream could boost Europe’s energy security, with the European Commission yet to play its hand as the key arbiter.

15 July 2016
A rig operating in the Timor Sea. Australia and East Timor have disputed claims to the region's resources. (PTTEP) Policy & Regulation

East Timor eyeing new Greater Sunrise treaty – Pires

East Timor wants to negotiate a new deal with Australia over rights to offshore resources, hoping to boost its exploration capability.

14 July 2016
Siemens Algeria Chief Executive Farouk Benabdoun. (Siemens Algeria) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Algeria needs 20 GW more gas-power by 2030 – exec

Algeria needs more generation capacity despite its massive recent additions, says Siemens Algeria Chief Executive Farouk Benabdoun.

5 July 2016
Theuns Ehlers of Barclays Africa. (Edelman) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Finance favours bite-size power in sub-Saharan Africa

Small renewable power projects are most likely to get financed in Africa as there is still not the bank liquidity for the mega-deals, says Barclays Africa manager Theuns Ehlers.

1 July 2016
The Yamal LNG project was 58% complete in May. (Novatek) Supply & Demand

Yamal LNG cost-competitive to any market – Gyetvay

Yamal LNG will start sending out LNG cargoes in 2017 and has nothing to fear from the US, says Novatek’s Deputy Chairman Mark Gyetvay.

27 June 2016
Nord Stream 2 will be built by a consortium of Gazprom, BASF/Wintershall, E.On, Engie, OMV and Shell. (Gazprom) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Nord Stream 2 has advantage over Ukraine – CFO

The expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline is progressing, with the first construction contracts being awarded despite regulatory hiccups, according to the project’s chief financial officer.

24 June 2016
The Eleco gas power plant in Algeria. The government has plans to connect remote towns and villages to the gris. (Eleco) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Algerian utility tariffs likely to rise again – regulator

Algeria increased power and water tariffs for the first time in a decade earlier this year, and it is likely to do so again, says the economy director of Algerian regulator CREG, Farid Rahoual.

14 June 2016
US diplomat Amos Hochstein. (US Department of State) Global Markets

Nord Stream 2 not a ‘commercial project’ – Hochstein

Amos Hochstein, US special envoy for international energy affairs, tells Interfax gas market competition is needed across Europe and that Nord Stream 2 is unnecessary.

19 May 2016
Naji Abi-Aad, Petroleb's chief operating officer, at LIOG 2013. (Petroleb) Exploration & Production

Petroleb to wait out Lebanon exploration delay – COO

Petroleb is waiting for Lebanon’s first offshore exploration licences and looking to buy into oil and gas assets in the region while prices are low, says COO Naji Abi-Aad.

18 May 2016
The Cameron LNG project. Developer Sempra is confident its low costs will help it ride out the market glut. (Sempra) LNG

US not reliant on European market – Sempra LNG

American exporters will be able to compete globally given their low project costs, Sempra LNG President Octavio Simoes tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

17 May 2016
Former EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs. (EP) EU Energy Policy

EU could face supply disruptions in 2019 – Piebalgs

The EU’s Russian gas supplies could be disrupted unless Kiev and Moscow make a new transit agreement for 2019/2020, says former EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

4 May 2016
Syamsu Alam, upstream director. (Pertamina) Companies & Finance

Pertamina to lift output at home and abroad – Alam

Indonesia will start looking to acquire international upstream assets from next year that it can use to meet its burgeoning domestic demand, Upstream Director Syamsu Alam says.

3 May 2016
Hans ten Berge, secretary general of Eurelectric, says fossil fuels must make way in the longer-term to reach the 'below 2C' Paris agreement. (Eurelectric) Companies & Finance

Fossil fuels must make way to reach Paris goal

Gas and coal have no long-term future if the ‘below 2C’ Paris agreement is to be reached, Eurelectric’s Hans ten Berge tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

21 April 2016
Larnaca residents rejected Total’s plans to develop a base at the port. (PA) Exploration & Production

Larnaca decision a mistake – Cyprus gas group head

Larnaca is already paying a price for rejecting oil and gas services, says Cyprus Oil and Gas Association President Andy Varoshiotis.

20 April 2016
Xia Tongmin (Shandong Kerui Group) Companies & Finance

Chinese driller Kerui still confident in strategy

Shandong Kerui’s Deputy Chairman Xia Tongmin talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about how the company is weathering low energy prices.

20 April 2016
South Korea's Incheon LNG terminal. An OIES report says Asian buyers will demand more hybrid pricing in supply contracts. (Kogas) LNG

Policy and prices will boost Asian LNG demand – OIES

Asian LNG demand will grow massively over the next 15 years, driven by falling prices and carbon emission policies, OIES expert Howard Rogers says.

19 April 2016
Hosnia Hashim, KUFPEC’s vice president of operations. (Interfax) Exploration & Production

KUFPEC seeking producing assets to buy, says VP

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. is looking for suitable acquisitions in a bid to take on more operator roles, VP for Operations Hosnia Hashim tells Natural Gas Daily.

15 April 2016

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