Inside WEP II. China’s oil and gas majors must separate out their pipeline businesses. (CNPC) Pipelines, Storage & Power

China treading cautiously on oil and gas reforms

China’s recently released guidelines for oil and gas reform have been criticised for failing to move the needle, but one expert argues they’ve fulfilled their purpose.

By Colin Shek 21 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Ukraine to have 17 bcm of gas in stock by November

Ukraine will have 17 billion cubic metres of gas in storage by 1 November 2017, according to a plan to prepare the fuel and energy sector for winter approved by the government on Wednesday.

15 June 2017
Construction of the Azura-Edo IPP in Nigeria. The country’s utilites are struggling with low tariffs. (Azura Power) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Nigerian discos go off grid in search of profit

Nigeria has set its electricity tariffs so low that distributors are saying they are unable to turn a profit, leaving them searching for alternatives

15 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

EU to invest $126 mln in Polish gas grid

The EU will invest €112.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund to help build a gas pipeline between Lwówek and Odolanów in Poland’s Wielkopolska region.

14 June 2017
The launch of Sinopec’s Beihai terminal has helped to increase the share of LNG in China’s import mix. (Sinopec) Pipelines, Storage & Power

China’s import dependence to hit fresh high – SCI

China’s rising reliance on imported gas is set to breach 40% this year, but concerns over energy security have been played down.

14 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine increases

Volumes of Russian gas destined for European customers transiting Ukraine increased over the first five months of 2017 compared with the same period last year.

14 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Chinese ex-works LNG prices cut by 2.76%

Prices were down last week as plants cut their asking prices to improve competitiveness against LNG terminals.

14 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Brazilian power company seeks Bolivian gas supply contract

Âmbar Energia, a power company owned by Brazilian conglomerate J&F Investimentos, is seeking a long-term gas supply contract with Bolivia from 2019.

13 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Florida pipeline set for startup despite opposition

Florida’s third major gas pipeline, the $4 billion Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection, is scheduled to start operations this week despite local opposition.

13 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran working on Unified Electricity Belt

Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran are working on creating a Unified Electricity Belt between the three countries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Sunday.

13 June 2017
UK Power Reserve is focusing on gas engines and battery storage. (UK Power Reserve) Pipelines, Storage & Power

Small-scale gas can better serve electricity market

The rise of gas reciprocating engines in the UK is a positive trend because they are a better fit with renewables than CCGT plants, experts say.

13 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Spanish volumes cut African pipeline deliveries

North African pipeline gas exports to Europe fell by 1.7% in Week 23 from a week earlier as a result of lower deliveries to Spain.

13 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Ukraine may start direct gas imports from Norway in 2022

Ukraine may start receiving gas directly from Norway from 2022, according to Maksym Beliavsky, an adviser to Ukraine’s energy minister.

12 June 2017
A South African nuclear plant. The country’s procurement programme has caused controversy. (© jbdodane.com) Pipelines, Storage & Power

New determination on South African gas power likely – NERSA

South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme.

12 June 2017
Pipe production for the Nord Stream gas pipeline. (Gazprom) Pipelines, Storage & Power

EC presses on with TPA demands for Nord Stream 2

The European Commission is pushing ahead with its attempts to bring Nord Stream 2 under a separate legal framework despite opposition.

12 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Russia-Japan pipeline plans still on the table – Medvedev

Gazprom’s deputy chairman, Alexander Medvedev, has not ruled out building a pipeline connecting Russia to Japan.

12 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Poland to pay for half of Baltic Pipe project

Polish transmission system operator Gaz-System will pay around €1.7 billion to cover about half of the cost of the Baltic Pipe.

12 June 2017
Workers maintain the thermal power station at Takoradi, Ghana. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank) Pipelines, Storage & Power

US-funded bodies likely to privatise Ghana power

With state-owned Electricity Company of Ghana accumulating debts from consumers to suppliers, privatisation is looking likely.

12 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Flickers of life in Brazilian gas demand

Brazil's economy is emerging from a severe recession, but it is too soon to say if gas demand is bouncing back.

12 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Nigeria to add 340 MW of electricity to grid by December

Nigeria is set to add 340 MW of electricity generation to the country’s grid by December.

9 June 2017
Pipelines, Storage & Power

EU seeks mandate to negotiate legal framework for Nord Stream 2

The European Commission has requested a mandate from the Council of the EU to negotiate the key principles with Russia for the operation of the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project

9 June 2017

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