Ministers visiting GridCo’s Ghana power station. Ghana is struggling to balance gas and power supplies. (GridCo) Policy & Regulation

Next Ghana IPP tender not expected until 2020

Ghana’s supply plans will have to wait for gas to become available as power producers work through a backlog of incomplete projects.

By Miriam Malek 26 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Pemex CEO returns from Middle East promotional tour

José Antonio González Anaya, chief executive of Mexico’s Pemex, has completed a working tour of the Middle East.

26 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigerian senate passes PIGB

The Nigerian senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after 17 years of work.

26 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

China’s NDRC restates need to cut urban gas distribution fees

China’s state economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, has reiterated the need to cut urban transport and distribution fees for gas.

25 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

BRS Resources receives approval for production in Po Valley

AleAnna Energy has received final approval from the Italian government for its production concession at the Gradizza field in the Po Valley.

25 May 2017
DONG Energy is selling off its oil and gas assets to focus on offshore wind energy. (DONG Energy) Policy & Regulation

Identity crisis: utilities and IOCs

Hefty writedowns and plummeting prices have left IOCs looking to become power developers and traditional utilities turning to renewables.

25 May 2017
MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP) Policy & Regulation

MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition.

25 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Rosneft ups Sistema compensation claim to $3 bln

Rosneft has increased the size of its legal damages claim against conglomerate Sistema regarding the restructuring of oil company Bashneft to RUB 170.6 billion.

24 May 2017
A well drilled by Croatian company INA. The country aims to attract IOCs in its new licensing round. (INA) Policy & Regulation

Croatia plans new onshore licensing round

Croatia aims to increase its domestic production and is planning to offer new 10 onshore blocks this year and pass a hydrocarbons law to make investment easier.

24 May 2017
Few companies are taking advantage of third-party access to Chinese infrastructure. (CNOOC Tianjin LNG) Policy & Regulation

China’s NOCs drag feet on third-party access

Only eight companies in three years have taken advantage of measures to promote third-party access to China’s LNG import infrastructure.

24 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Brussels OKs lower surcharges for German and Italian industries

The European Commission has approved lower surcharges for energy-intensive industries in Germany and Italy.

23 May 2017
Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) Policy & Regulation

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

23 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

China sets eight oil and gas reform targets

The State Council, China’s cabinet, announced eight major oil and gas reform goals in a document released on Sunday.

22 May 2017
Gilberto Dialuce (centre) from Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development. (Ministry of Economic Development) Policy & Regulation

Italy aiming to be Med hub for LNG bunkering

Italy is planning a network of LNG coastal storage sites to tap maritime traffic transiting the Mediterranean, the economy ministry’s Gilberto Dialuce tells Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

22 May 2017
A PGNiG gas storage facility. The company has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom. (PGNiG) Policy & Regulation

Poland sets the bar high in Gazprom probe

Poland's PGNiG has called for commitments that go far beyond the preliminary agreement between the European Commission and Gazprom in the antitrust probe.

19 May 2017
An offshore rig at Indonesia’s Mahakam block. The country could see a 2.5 MMboe/d shortfall. (SKKMigas) Policy & Regulation

Indonesian imports set to rocket as crisis bites

Indonesia could see its imports rise dramatically unless the government implements a strategic energy plan to boost domestic production.

19 May 2017
Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda. (Council of the EU) Policy & Regulation

Parli italiano? Under-use of English hampers hubs

A lack of detailed information available in English is an obstacle to trade in many energy markets, including Italy.

19 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC nominations held up by incomplete paperwork

The approval of two nominees for the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been delayed because of incomplete paperwork.

18 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

China must cut gas transport fees – Li Keqiang

China should cut urban transport and distribution fees to reduce end-user gas tariffs, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a State Council meeting on Wednesday.

18 May 2017
A flow station off the Indonesian coast. The country has attracted little interest in its offshore acreage. (SKKMigas) Policy & Regulation

New gas law offers Indonesia glimmer of hope

Indonesia is hoping revised legislation will attract much-needed investment to its upstream sector.

18 May 2017
VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG) Policy & Regulation

Germany’s gas hub merger sparks controversy

The planned merger of Gaspool and NetConnect Germany has political support, but many observers are unconvinced.

18 May 2017

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