Nord Stream 2 pipe segments in Finland. Policy & Regulation

MEPs challenge extension of EU gas laws

MEPs have voiced their disquiet over the proposed extension of the EU Gas Directive to pipelines from third countries.

By Andreas Walstad 19 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Colombia appoints new vice minister of mines and energy

Alonso Cardona Delgado has been named as Colombia’s vice minister of mines and energy, according to local press.

22 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Nigeria passes key petroleum reform law

Nigeria’s parliament has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, a key milestone in the country’s efforts to reform its upstream sector.

22 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Argentina encourages public opinion on LNG import regulations

The government of Argentina is calling for public input on draft regulations that would allow private companies to import LNG through the country’s two terminals

19 January 2018
The North Rankin platform in the North West Shelf. Policy & Regulation

Glimmers of hope for Aussie upstream sector in 2018

Australia’s upstream sector is starting to see a recovery in investment prompted by higher oil prices and growing regional LNG demand.

18 January 2018
Dinh La Thang, former PetroVietnam chair and politburo member, being led to court by police in Hanoi. Policy & Regulation

Vietnam’s corruption crackdown could hurt IOCs

Vietnam’s clampdown on corruption has removed senior officials from PetroVietnam, which could affect the company’s operations.

16 January 2018
Pollution in Beijing. Policy & Regulation

China to build on gas demand growth in 2018

The impressive growth seen last year will continue as China pushes on with the switch away from coal.

15 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

German parties agree to drop 40% CO2 cut in coalition

A coalition government in Germany would drop plans to reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40%.

12 January 2018
The GreenStream receiving terminal in Sicily. Policy & Regulation

Gas industry warns against extending EU market rules

Brussels’ attempt to extend its legal framework to cover pipelines from third countries is facing opposition from the gas industry.

12 January 2018
The Greek Cypriot leader (left) and Turkish Cypriot leader (right) last year. Policy & Regulation

New Cypriot governments, same challenges

The push for gas in Cyprus has kept the stakes high in the ever-fragile island reunification plan.

12 January 2018
NAM pipelines in the Netherlands. Policy & Regulation

Dutch government mulls further cuts at Groningen

NAM suggested on Wednesday that it could further cut production at the Groningen gas field after a strong earthquake hit the area.

11 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Trump rules out drilling off Florida coast

The administration of United States President Donald Trump has ruled out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida.

11 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Ineos to challenge Scottish shale ban

Ineos will challenge the Scottish government’s ban on shale developments in Scotland, which the company considers "unlawful".

10 January 2018
LNG tankers at the Jingbian Xingyuan LNG plant in Shaanxi. Policy & Regulation

Supply cuts sideline Chinese LNG as demand booms

Booming winter demand for gas is passing by China’s small-scale LNG producers, as they have been largely sidelined by feedstock supply cuts.

10 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Venezuela to issue 100 million ‘petros’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced his country will soon issue 100 million units of the ‘petro’, a cryptocurrency backed by oil and gas reserves.

8 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

UK publishes plan to phase out coal by 2025

The UK government set out a plan on Friday to phase out electricity generation from coal by 2025.

8 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Oslo court gives Norway green light for further Arctic drilling

A court in Oslo has ruled that the Norwegian government can lawfully award licences to drill for oil in the Arctic.

5 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Beijing hits air quality target

Beijing has met its air pollution reduction target for 2017, the city’s environmental agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

3 January 2018
Wildervank station, Groningen gas field, Netherlands. Policy & Regulation

Netherlands shifts further away from gas

The Dutch government dealt a blow to the gas industry with plans to phase out gas for heating and support CCS for industry rather than energy producers.

3 January 2018
Pipe stringing for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece. Policy & Regulation

Europe losing the battle against Russian dependence

Despite the EU’s efforts to diversify its sources of supplies, 2017 saw Russia increase its share of Europe’s gas import mix.

22 December 2017
An LNG ship arriving at GLNG in Queensland. Policy & Regulation

Eastern Aus policy debacle rocks LNG export industry

The gas reservation policy in eastern Australia came as an unpleasant surprise for LNG exporters.

21 December 2017

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