The North Rankin platform, part of the North West Shelf project. (Woodside) Markets

Australia’s resource tax regime – too little, too late?

Australia is exporting more LNG than ever before, but tax issues may mean it is missing out on the economic gains of the boom.

Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, at the Winter Package launch. (EC) Markets

Brussels launches reforms to power sector

The European Commission will launch a mega-package of proposed new laws on Wednesday in a move to reform the EU electricity market.

Pakistan should prioritise gas for industry this winter – executives

Pakistani industrial executives have urged the government to prioritise supplying gas to industry over the winter.

2 December 2016

Vietnam looks to wind for 7% of power by 2020

Vietnam plans to source up to 7% of its power from wind by 2020.

1 December 2016

China plans $174 bln of renewables investment by 2020

China will invest $174 billion in new wind and hydropower capacity between 2016 and 2020, according to Key Energy News.

1 December 2016

US industry groups complain about grouse decision

Oil and gas industry groups in the United States have opposed the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to reconsider returning the lesser prairie chicken to its list of protected species.

1 December 2016

TransCanada signs PRGT agreement with Gitxsan chiefs

TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project has signed an agreement with 12 chiefs of the Gitxsan Nation outlining economic and employment benefits to the communities.

30 November 2016

Sempra Energy seeks FERC’s OK for Port Arthur LNG project

San Diego-based Sempra Energy has filed applications with the United States FERC for approval to build and operate its proposed Port Arthur LNG project.

30 November 2016

US House of Representatives aims to speed up LNG export decisions

The United States House of Representatives hopes to drop several phrases or provisions from the DOE’s approval process for LNG exports to help speed up decisions.

30 November 2016

China warned of production decline following spending cuts

China’s oil and gas production may fall more steeply next year since NOCs slashed exploration and production spending as a result of globally low oil prices.

30 November 2016

South Korea announces plans to double renewable output by 2025

South Korea’s energy ministry has announced a series of incentives designed to double the country’s renewable energy output by 2025.

30 November 2016
China Huaneng Group’s gas-fired power station in Beijing. Power is a growth sector for gas. (Huaneng)

Gas tipped for bridge role in China’s energy plan

Details of China’s latest five-year energy plan have trickled out, with gas likely to play an important role as the country cleans up its fuel mix.

30 November 2016
Peru’s President Pedro Kuczynski (right) welcomes China’s President Xi Jinping to the APEC summit in Lima. (PA)

Peru: enter the dragon?

Peru will hitch itself to China after Donald Trump torpedoed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and gas will be at the centre of the deepening Sino-Peruvian relationship.

30 November 2016

Canada clears Saskatchewan to carry on burning coal

Canada’s federal government has agreed to allow Saskatchewan to continue using coal-fired power plants beyond 2030.

29 November 2016

UK government drops plans to break up National Grid

UK ministers have backed away from threats to break up transmission system operator National Grid.

29 November 2016
BP's Andrew platform, North Sea. (BP plc)

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
Chevron’s Platong 2 platform off the coast of Thailand. (Chevron)

Calls for new NOC may derail Thai gas output

Thailand is facing rising energy demand and needs to boost its gas output, but political pressure is delaying critical new laws.

28 November 2016
An MVM gas-fired power plant in Hungary. Renewables have been prioritised over conventional generation. (MVM)

Lack of binding EU targets clouds energy transition

The EU’s legal framework for renewables beyond 2020 is hazy, leaving experts uncertain whether the 2030 energy and climate targets will be reached.

28 November 2016
Smog in Beijing. The Chinese government is expected to use more gas in a crackdown on air pollution. (Interfax)

China gas demand to triple by 2030 – PetroChina

The Chinese government’s all-out drive to clean up chronic air pollution could see the world’s third-largest gas market consuming half a trillion cubic metres per year.

28 November 2016

South Africa opens energy plan for public consultation

The South African government will open its Integrated Energy Plan up for public consultation, the country has announced.

24 November 2016

Australian state of Victoria bans fracking

The government of the Australian state of Victoria introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban fracking following strong public opposition.

23 November 2016

Canada to close its coal-fired power plants by 2030

Canada plans to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 to help meet its climate change targets as part of the Paris agreement.

22 November 2016

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