President Alassane Ouattara has pledged to boost Ivory Coast’s generation capacity to 4 GW. (PA) Gas to Power

Ivory Coast plans further power sector liberalisation

A desperate need to satisfy increasing electricity demand has led Ivory Coast to open up its power sector to independents.

PetroChina’s Dalian LNG terminal. Even with LNG imports, gas users could face supply cuts this winter. (Interfax) Pipelines

China braces for winter gas shortages again

Non-residential gas users in China are likely to face supply cuts at the start of 2017, with a particularly cold winter forecast and scarce storage volumes available.

Kinder Morgan plans 113 MMcm storage facility in Arizona

Houston-based pipeline company Kinder Morgan plans to build a 113 million cubic metre underground gas storage facility near Eloy, southern Arizona.

24 October 2016

Gazprom confirms Nord Stream 2 capacity will be 60 bcm

Gazprom has officially acknowledged the capacity of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be 60 billion cubic metres per year.

24 October 2016

Brussels approves German demand response scheme

The European Commission has approved a German scheme for demand management in the electricity sector, it said on Monday.

24 October 2016
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker with the Estonian and Finnish PMs at the Balticconnector signature ceremony. (EC)

Balticconnector forms part of EU’s import strategy

Brussels hopes the Balticconnector pipeline will safeguard against supply disruptions and give more bargaining power in contract negotiations.

24 October 2016

Nord Stream 2 will avoid German sanctions – project company

The project company behind the Nord Stream 2 expansion is confident the pipeline will not be subject to German sanctions.

21 October 2016

Investment of €187 mln signed for Balticconnector

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker witnessed the signing of a €187 million investment for the Balticconnector pipeline on Friday.

21 October 2016
Alexei Miller (left) inspects pipe. Pipelines are helping Gazprom in its fight for market share. (Gazprom)

Gazprom seeks Hollywood ending

Gazprom faces a fight for market superiority both at home and abroad, and may need to mutate to survive.

21 October 2016
The Rough storage facility off the UK coast. The site has suffered technical problems. (Centrica)

UK could face price spikes in cold weather

A cold spell could cause price spikes in the UK, given issues at the Rough storage site, French nuclear shutdowns and cuts at Groningen.

21 October 2016

European gas consumption up 6% y-o-y on power sector demand – Eurogas

Gas consumption in Europe is expected to increase by 6% this year largely as a result of an increase in gas demand for power generation, Eurogas has said.

21 October 2016

Japanese companies will build gas-to-power plant in Uzbekistan

Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems will construct a second combined-cycle cogeneration plant at the Navoi thermal power station in Uzbekistan.

20 October 2016

Pharaonic Petroleum wins Atoll field pipeline contract

Subsea 7 has awarded an EPC contract to Pharaonic Petroleum Co. to construct more than 40 km of pipelines to serve the Atoll field offshore Egypt.

20 October 2016

EU, Finland and Estonia will sign Balticconnector deal this week

Leaders from the EU, Finland and Estonia will sign the Balticconnector pipeline deal this week.

20 October 2016
Polish politician Piotr Naimski has said his country is not eager to extend its gas supply contract with Russia. (EP)

Third time lucky for the Baltic Pipe project?

Plans to bring Norwegian gas to Poland via Denmark have re-emerged for a third time, with the partners aiming for startup by 2022.

20 October 2016

Hutubi underground storage injections hit 6.8 bcm

PetroChina’s Hutubi underground gas storage depot had injected 6.8 billion cubic metres this year as of 5 October.

19 October 2016

China to allow storage operators to negotiate prices

China’s gas storage operators will be allowed to negotiate prices with bulk consumers, the National Development and Reform Commission has said.

19 October 2016

IPP to build thermal plant in Zimbabwe

Makomo Resources has been granted a licence to build a 660 MW coal-fired thermal power plant in Zimbabwe, according to a report from The Herald.

19 October 2016
Gas will be supplied to the LNG export project from the Hilala and Calub gas fields. (Poly-GCL)

Ethiopia-Djibouti LNG project delayed – minister

Plans for LNG exports from Ethiopia and Djibouti are being pushed back as delays hit construction of a key supply pipeline.

19 October 2016

EU storage levels higher than last year – ENTSOG

There is more gas in storage across Europe than there was at this time last year, meaning supply levels look comfortable even in the event of a cold winter.

19 October 2016

SHPGX pipeline sales rocket up, but LNG plunges

Pipeline gas sales on the Shanghai Petroleum and Gas Exchange were up by 47% last week, while LNG sales fell by 55.8% week on week.

19 October 2016

First Gen to bid for 300 MW power contract in Philippines

First Gen Corp. will join the competitive selection process to provide up to 300 MW of mid-merit power supply to the Philippines.

18 October 2016

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