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Pipelines

Sinopec brings first UGS depot onstream

Sinopec put its first underground gas storage (UGS) depot into operation in Henan province’s Puyang county on Thursday last week, the company announced on Wednesday.

13 September 2012
Pipelines

Uzbekistan starts exports to China

Uzbekistan started regular gas exports to China in August, Uzbekistan's National Information Agency has said.

13 September 2012
Pipelines

Nord Stream second string to have muted impact on European markets

The announcement that the second string of the Nord Stream pipeline will come online on 8 October is set to offer greater supply flexibility to European markets, although traders expect its effect on prices to be muted.

13 September 2012
Pipelines

PetroChina sets up gas pipeline joint venture in Guizhou

PetroChina, the listed vehicle of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), has formed a joint venture (JV) in Guizhou with provincial gas distributor Guizhou Gas Group to handle its pipeline operations in the southern Chinese province, local state-run media reported on Thursday.

12 September 2012
Pipelines

East Mediterranean gas could be piped to Europe by 2018

The ITGI pipeline project, which in February was excluded from the bid to carry Azerbaijani gas into Europe, may instead tap into the East Mediterranean’s vast offshore gas reserves.

12 September 2012
Pipelines

Second line of Nord Stream will be launched in October

The second line of the Nord Stream gas pipeline will be launched on 8 October 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference on Wednesday, after consulting Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller.

12 September 2012
Storage

Utility Regulator set to grant Islandmagee storage licence

Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator has announced its intention to grant a storage licence for the Islandmagee facility.

12 September 2012
Gas to Power

Shaanxi to expand gas-fired distributed energy base

Shaanxi, China’s largest gas-producing province in 2011, will build 24 gas-fired distributed energy resource (DER) projects by 2015, local press reported on Tuesday.

11 September 2012
Gas to Power

Zimbabwe faces stiff CBM challenges

The Zimbabwean government hopes exploiting the country’s CBM resources could be a fast-track solution to its burgeoning power crisis.

10 September 2012
Gas to Power

Leviathan partners receive bids for 30% stake in their giant offshore gas field

The consortium developing Israel’s offshore Leviathan gas field received proposals on Friday from several international oil companies interested in taking a 30% stake in the 480 billion cubic metre field.

10 September 2012
Pipelines

Slovenia launches South Stream project company

Slovenia is the latest European country to formalise its participation in the Gazprom-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, after launching a joint project company between the Russian monopoly and state energy company Plinovodi.

10 September 2012
Gas to Power

A jolt to the energy system

India’s largest-ever power outage this summer has led to a shift in rhetoric from energy officials. Whereas the focus was previously on keeping the country’s fuel shortage from worsening, it is now centred on overhauling a weak and insufficient distribution system.

7 September 2012
Pipelines

Nord Stream tariff double Ukraine transit fees

The tariff for gas transit via the Nord Stream pipeline was $76 for the entire length, or $6.2 per thousand cubic meters per 100 km, in the first quarter of 2012- double the transit cost through $3.08Ukraine, Gazprom said in its financial statement this week.

6 September 2012
Gas to Power

Saudi Aramco opens tender for Midyan gas processing plant

Saudi Aramco has invited seven companies to bid for a contract to build a facility to process gas from the Midyan non-associated gas field in the northwest of the kingdom to supply a power plant in the port city of Duba, Reuters has reported.

6 September 2012
Gas to Power

How India will avoid another blackout

Veerappa Moily became India’s minister of power on 31 July, a day after the country’s largest-ever power cut. Interfax spoke to Moily about the underlying problems that caused the blackout, and how they could be fixed.

6 September 2012
Storage

New Italian storage facility set to be constructed

Construction will begin on a new Italian storage facility in the next 12 months, according to the Italian economic development ministry.

5 September 2012
Gas to Power

UK combined-cycle gas turbine plant converted to open-cycle

The UK’s Corby combined-cycle gas turbine plant has been converted to an open-cycle gas turbine in order to run more efficiently.

5 September 2012
Pipelines

TAP counts on Greek support for Caspian link

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos has outlined his country’s commitment to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) scheme, following a meeting with project executives this week.

5 September 2012
Pipelines

KRG to continue oil exports until mid-September

The Kurdistan Regional Government has pushed back the deadline for Baghdad to start paying for oil exports from the semi-autonomous region to 15 September.

4 September 2012
Pipelines

Supply diversification could lead to price rises in Ireland

Gas prices in Ireland could rise as a number of new supply sources become accessible to the Irish gas grid, rendering the Moffat interconnector unnecessary.

4 September 2012

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