State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Policy & Regulation

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

By Verity Ratcliffe 26 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Canada’s climate commitments may be unrealistic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to Paris climate change targets may be unrealistic, according to federal government statistics.

26 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

US DOE grants non-FTA approval to Golden Pass LNG

The United States DOE has granted approval to the Golden Pass LNG project in Texas to export LNG to countries that do not have an FTA with the US.

26 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

IETA urges UK to stay in the ETS

The International Emissions Trading Association has sent a letter to UK authorities calling for the UK to continue its participation in the EU’s Emissions Trading System after Brexit.

26 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Ukraine to monitor greenhouse gas emissions

Ukraine is working on a system to monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions, Ecology Minister Ostap Semerak said at a conference on Monday

25 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

EC clears Latvian support for renewables and cogeneration

The European Commission has found that support granted to renewable energy and cogeneration power plants built in Latvia between 2007 and 2012 are in line with EU state aid rules.

25 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Canada delays emission regulations to compete with US firms

The Canadian government plans to delay new regulations for reducing methane emissions by three years to allow it to compete with the United States’ oil and gas industry.

25 April 2017
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order rescinding a clean water initiative. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Trump’s climate stance opens door for competitors

Although the US may not live up to its commitments on climate change, other countries and companies are nevertheless making progress.

25 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Exxon will not receive waiver for Russia drilling – Mnuchin

The administration of United States President Donald Trump will not give ExxonMobil permission to drill for oil and gas in Russia or make exceptions for any other American company.

24 April 2017
Spring Farm biogas plant, UK. Germany, Italy and the UK produce more than 77% of the EU’s biogas. (Future Biogas) Policy & Regulation

Brussels hopeful on biogas despite slow progress

The EU wants biogas to contribute to energy security and climate targets in Europe, but the industry has a long way to go to unleash its full potential.

24 April 2017
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has attempted to placate militants in the Niger Delta. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Small investors wait for PIB to calm Nigerian violence

Nigeria has attempted to calm militants in the Niger Delta, but more needs to be done to reassure companies working there.

24 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

US EPA delays methane monitoring requirement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has delayed the requirement for oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities.

21 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

China cuts VAT on gas

China will cut VAT for gas from 13% to 11% from 1 July as part of efforts to reduce the tax bills of companies, according to the State Council.

21 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Oman will offer state-owned downstream shares via IPOs

Oman will offer shares in several state-owned downstream energy companies through IPOs.

21 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

TAP construction works resume after court dismisses appeal

A regional Italian court has dismissed an appeal submitted by the region of Puglia against the country’s Ministry of the Environment regarding the the landfall site for the Trans-Adriatic pipeline.

21 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Statoil receives consent for Barents Sea exploration

Statoil has received permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority to drill exploration well 7219/9-2 in the Kayak prospect in the Barents Sea.

21 April 2017
The Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On) Policy & Regulation

Picking winners and losers in EU electricity

Industry is speaking out against proposed regulations that would effectively squeeze coal out of capacity mechanisms, calling for such decisions to be left to the markets.

21 April 2017
Location of the Groningen gas field, the Netherlands. There is little silver lining for the field’s output. (Skitterphoto) Policy & Regulation

Groningen, Rough problems will boost gas prices

Continued production cuts at the Groningen gas field are reducing Dutch exports to marginal levels, increasing price volatility as well as Europe’s reliance on imported LNG and Russian gas.

21 April 2017
Jordan could import gas via the BW Singapore FSRU vessel, which is moored at Ain Sokhna in Egypt. (BW Group) Policy & Regulation

Jordan struggles to defuse Israel gas import dispute

Plans to ship gas from the Leviathan field to Jordan have sparked protests in Amman, even though the country is forging new gas links with Egypt.

21 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Dutch government to cut Groningen gas production by 10%

Dutch Minister of Economic Development Henk Kamp is planning to reduce gas production at the Groningen gas field by 10% starting from October 2017.

20 April 2017
A well in the Vaca Muerta shale play. Argentina is offering generous incentives to drill there. (YPF) Policy & Regulation

Great offers in Vaca Muerta – for a limited time only

Now is a great time for companies to plant a flag in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta formation, but the rewards on offer will not be around forever.

20 April 2017

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