CNOOC’s Tianjin LNG terminal. China’s LNG imports may soon reach 30 mtpa. (CNOOC) Markets

China-Korea LNG shake-up sparks Chinese scepticism

Chinese experts have poured cold water on a prediction that China will surpass South Korea as the world’s second-largest LNG importer this year.

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak (Russian Ministry of Energy) Markets

Russian energy minster talks plans and negotiations

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak tells Interfax about the current state of his country’s gas market and the plans for its future.

National Energy Administration underlines Chinese gas goals

China’s National Energy Administration has restated its target of boosting the share of gas in the country’s energy mix to 6.8% by the end of this year.

23 February 2017

Sonangol and Chevron to discuss tax terms

Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol is in talks to discuss revising tax terms for United States major Chevron.

23 February 2017
Havana, Cuba. Thawing relations between Cuba and the United States has let in Netflix and AirBnB. (AirBnB)

Could US gas play a role in Cuban Thaw?

Energy-hungry Cuba is at a crossroads. But cheap US gas could be a valuable weapon in pulling the Caribbean island out of Venezuela’s political orbit.

23 February 2017

California introduces bill to go fossil fuel-free by 2050

Kevin de Leon, the leader of California’s Senate, has introduced a bill requesting the state generate 100% of its power from renewable energy by 2045.

22 February 2017

Canada may designate natural gas condensates as toxic substances

The Canadian government has proposed adding natural gas condensates (NGCs) to the list of toxic substances in Canada’s Environmental Protection Act.

22 February 2017

Pruitt takes steps to reassure shaky US EPA staff

Scott Pruitt, the newly appointed head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has attempted to reassure the organisation’s 15,000 staff members over his leadership.

22 February 2017

Jiangxi plans to boost its gas consumption

Jiangxi in southeast China aims to increase its gas consumption to 6.5 billion cubic metres per year by 2020, representing 8% of the province’s energy mix.

22 February 2017

China may release gas demand guidelines soon

China may release its final guidelines on boosting gas demand in the next few days.

22 February 2017

House of Lords prepares to publish UK energy policy report

The UK’s House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will publish its report on Friday into perceived failings of UK energy policy.

21 February 2017

Pakistani TSOs struggle under effects of gas theft

Gas theft is a major threat to transmission system operators in Pakistan, Sui Southern Gas Co. has said.

17 February 2017

Northern Iran supply continues despite Turkmengaz dispute

The pricing dispute between Turkmengaz and National Iranian Gas Co. is still unresolved, but northern Iran has not suffered, the deputy minister of trade and international affairs has told Interfax.

16 February 2017

MEPs adopt position limits under MiFID 2 despite opposition

MEPs adopted position limits for commodities trading under the revised Markets In Financial Instruments Directive in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

16 February 2017
Drilling in the Vaca Muerta shale play. Shell believes Argentina should change its tax regime. (YPF)

Shell finds support for tough talk on Argentine tax

Shell thinks Vaca Muerta could be the next Permian Basin, but Argentina’s tax code is a bugbear for the Anglo-Dutch giant.

16 February 2017
Iran plans to invite bids for its licensing round by the end of the Iranian year. (NIOC)

Iran pushes back tender as bilateral talks continue

Iran is trying to maintain interest in its first post-sanctions licensing round despite the signing of bilateral agreements and fears of deteriorating relations with the United States.

16 February 2017

Brazil moves forward with ‘Gas to Grow’ programme

Brazilian authorities are moving ahead with the Gás para Crescer (‘Gas to Grow’) programme, which was launched last year to reorganise the country’s gas industry.

15 February 2017

Shijiazhuang aims to cut air pollution by one-fifth

Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province and one of most polluted cities in China, aims to cut concentrations of deadly airborne particles by one-fifth this year.

15 February 2017
Beijing has a severe air pollution problem. (Interfax)

Gas may worsen China smog – researchers

Gas has been touted as a solution for China’s smog crisis, but its cleaner-burning credentials have been called into question by a number of experts.

15 February 2017

Beijing to cut coal consumption by 30% this year

The city of Beijing plans to cut its coal consumption by 30% year on year in 2017, to less than 7 mt, as part of efforts to improve air quality.

14 February 2017

Uganda fleshes out renewables framework

The Ugandan government is planning to boost the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix.

14 February 2017
E.On solar generation in Pellworm, Germany. The cost of solar PV has been falling. (E.On)

Renewables subsidies may dwindle from 2020

Europe’s need to subsidise renewables may gradually start to dwindle from 2020 partly due to lower costs for mature technologies, an EU-funded study has found.

14 February 2017

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