Total initiated arbitration proceedings against Sonatrach in May. (Sonatrach) Upstream

IOCs may struggle following Algerian tax ruling

The announcement that a tax dispute in Algeria has ended with a major victory for Sonatrach may be bad news for other IOCs challenging the state-run company.

Orense wind farm. The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to increase by 42% by 2021. (Iberdrola) Environment

IEA raises its renewable growth forecast

Strong policy support for the use of renewables in power generation has led the IEA to increase its growth forecasts for the sector.

Growing role of whistle-blowers in reporting abuse

Whistle-blowers played a bigger role in reporting potential market abuse in European wholesale gas and power markets in 2015.

26 October 2016
The Ubungo power plant. Tanzania is prioritising gas-fired power. (Songas)

Public-private deals are the way forward for Tanzania

Salum Mnuma, of Tanzania’s energy ministry, sees public-private partnerships as crucial for satisfying demand for energy.

25 October 2016
The Cypriot port of Limassol. Total aims to build a logistics base there, but is facing obstacles. (PA)

Cypriot port saga could delay Total exploration

Total’s selection of an onshore services provider to support its exploration off Cyprus could be derailed yet again by a dispute with the companies operating the port of Limassol.

25 October 2016

Ten companies sign MOUs with Iran

Iran has signed 10 memoranda of understanding with foreign oil and gas companies and expects to sign another six soon.

24 October 2016

French government scraps carbon tax plans

The French government has reportedly dropped plans to introduce a carbon tax of around €30 per ton ($33/ton) as of 1 January 2017.

24 October 2016

London to host discussions on emissions from shipping

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will travel to London this week to meet senior figures in the shipping industry and discuss the sector’s carbon dioxide emissions.

24 October 2016
PetroChina’s Dalian LNG terminal. Even with LNG imports, gas users could face supply cuts this winter. (Interfax)

China braces for winter gas shortages again

Non-residential gas users in China are likely to face supply cuts at the start of 2017, with a particularly cold winter forecast and scarce storage volumes available.

24 October 2016
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker with the Estonian and Finnish PMs at the Balticconnector signature ceremony. (EC)

Balticconnector forms part of EU’s import strategy

Brussels hopes the Balticconnector pipeline will safeguard against supply disruptions and give more bargaining power in contract negotiations.

24 October 2016
Alexei Miller (left) inspects pipe. Pipelines are helping Gazprom in its fight for market share. (Gazprom)

Gazprom seeks Hollywood ending

Gazprom faces a fight for market superiority both at home and abroad, and may need to mutate to survive.

21 October 2016

Protesters challenge UK green light for fracking

An anti-fracking pressure group has challenged the UK government’s decision to allow Cuadrilla to start exploring for unconventional gas.

20 October 2016
A rig off the Indian coast. IOCs have been reluctant to bid in the country’s latest licensing round. (BG Group)

India delays deadline for small fields auction

Despite widespread initial interest at the launch of India’s latest licensing round in May, it appears IOCs are staying away from its upstream.

20 October 2016

Environmental groups challenge Norway’s Arctic plans

Environmental groups argue Norway is violating its pledges under the Paris climate deal by letting energy firms explore for oil and gas in the Arctic Barents Sea.

19 October 2016
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has had to appoint three energy ministers in four months. (PA)

Indonesia appoints new energy minister

President Joko Widodo is hoping Indonesia’s third energy minister this year will revive the country’s flagging energy sector.

19 October 2016

Rwanda adopts ambitious new climate change targets

Rwanda has adopted new measures to try and tackle its greenhouse gas emissions that will take effect in January.

17 October 2016

Tlou gets green light for CBM in Botswana

Australia-based Tlou has received final environmental approval from Botswana’s government for its 50 MW Lesedi CBM development

17 October 2016
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, second right. (PA)

Sino-Philippine relations raise tensions in South China Sea

Stronger relations between the Philippines and China threaten to upset the geopolitical balance in the South China Sea.

17 October 2016
A Chinese gas storage facility. The country lacks the capacity to cope with winter demand. (Beijing Gas Group)

China NOCs seek price hikes for peak winter demand

China’s upstream suppliers want to raise gas prices to reflect a tighter winter market and shore up their balance sheets.

17 October 2016

EPA to revise flaring emissions formulas

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to revise its formula for estimating emissions produced by oil and gas flaring from refineries, plants and drilling sites.

14 October 2016
Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak (right) with Alexei Miller at the WEC. (PA)

Pipeline pragmatism trumps politics

Turkey has been putting diplomatic disagreements aside at the World Energy Congress, touting the economic benefits of deals with Russia and Israel.

14 October 2016
ITRE has backed proposals for more transparency in IGAs and for strengthened supply security regulations. (EP)

Brussels advances tighter rules for gas security

The EU has moved forward in its efforts to strengthen supply security this week after two key legislative proposals were backed by MEPs.

14 October 2016

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