The Troll B platform. Norway has seen record drilling activity this year. (Statoil) Policy & Regulation

Norwegian Arctic exploration faces challenges

Norway is getting ready for the 24th licensing round on its continental shelf, but an ongoing environmental dispute could cause complications.

By Annemarie Botzki 28 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Implications of Tunisian elections still uncertain

The moderate Islamic party Ennahda is expected to secure the largest share of votes in Tunisia’s election when results are announced tomorrow, though the implications of this for oil and gas companies are still uncertain.

24 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

US EPA plans shale gas wastewater standards

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will develop standards for wastewater produced by natural gas extraction from underground coal-bed and shale formations in response controversy over contaminated water found near shale gas drilling sites.

21 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

China's MLR confirms foreign firms barred from second shale gas auction

International energy firms will not be allowed to take part in the country's second round of shale gas auctions to be held later this year, an official with the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), told journalists on the sidelines of the Shale Gas Summit 2011 in Shanghai on Thursday.

20 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

EC urges industry to move away from oil-indexed supply contracts

The gas industry needs to move away from oil-indexation in long-term supply contracts if gas is to remain a competitive fuel for electricity generation, the European Commission (EC) said in a draft document obtained by Energy Monitor on Tuesday.

20 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Chevron chief calls for a more supportive US energy policy

The United States government needs to recognise the value of fossil fuels and stop instituting policies that hinder the development of new projects, Chevron chief executive John Watson said in a speech on Wednesday at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

20 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Shtokman investment decision first, then tax breaks

The Russian Energy Ministry must receive an investment decision on the Shtokman field before it can determine the possibility of introducing tax breaks for the project, Deputy Energy Minister Sergei Kudryashov told journalists.

20 October 2011
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is likely to prolong her country’s dependence on LNG despite its financial unsustainability. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Argentina’s shale and subsidy conundrum

In the second story looking at prospects for Argentina’s gas industry ahead of the presidential election on 23 October, Chris Noon examines the likely long-term subsidy environment in the country.

18 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

No decision yet on Shtokman tax breaks - Shmatko

A decision to award individual tax breaks for the Shtokman gas project or to include the project in the new system for all offshore fields has yet to be reached, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told Interfax on Tuesday.

18 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Transfer pricing law should apply to Gazprom in full

Russia’s Finance Ministry opposes exempting Gazprom from new transfer pricing rules next year, which could open up the gas producer and pipeline monopoly to fines for non-market transactions, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov told reporters on Tuesday.

18 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

US Supreme Court to decide whether Shell can be prosecuted for alleged human rights abuses in Nigeria

The United States’ Supreme Court will utilise a lawsuit brought against Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether corporations can be prosecuted in US courts for complicity in human rights abuses abroad, a report said on Monday.

18 October 2011
BP's tempestuous relationship with its Russian billionaire partners in TNK-BP has contributed to the long-standing uncertainty over BP’s position in Russia. (PA) Policy & Regulation

BP in Russia: quashing uncertainty

Robert Dudley, BP’s CEO is seeking to restore the credibility of the company’s investment strategy in the country. However, with ongoing legal tussles with TNK-BP, its principle investment vehicle

18 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

GDF Suez fights gas price freeze

French major GDF Suez has launched a formal complaint to the French government over its decision to freeze domestic gas prices this winter, a move the oil and gas giant estimates will cost it €290 million ($399 million).

17 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Consumer organisation fails to block EDF’s Belgian acquisitions

The EU General Court on 12 October dismissed a challenge by the Belgian consumer protection organisation Association Belge des Consommateurs Test-Achats (ABCTA) against French electricity company EDF’s acquisition of Segebel, which owns power company assets in Belgium.

17 October 2011
Port of the BOTAS LNG import terminal in Marmara Ereglisi, western Turkey. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Turkey’s failed experiment with market liberalisation

After 10 years, only 14% of the country’s gas imports are in private hands – compared with a target of 80% set in 2001. What is causing the delay?

14 October 2011
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf speaks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt. The government faces the challenge of convincing investors that Egypt is open to business and is a secure place to invest. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Egypt’s uncertain future

As Egypt prepares for parliamentary elections in November, the country’s long-term energy policy looks uncertain. To kickstart much-needed investment the country’s offshore reserves, the new regim

14 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Reform of China's gas pricing policy pending

China is considering modifying its gas pricing policy due to rapidly growing demand, with changes potentially taking effect as early as the end of the year, a gas industry analyst told Interfax on Thursday.

13 October 2011
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is likely to prolong her country’s dependence on LNG despite its financial unsustainability. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Argentina on the brink

In the first part of this two-part series ahead of Argentina’s presidential election on 23 October, Chris Noon examines how the country’s comatose energy policy has given it an LNG addiction.

13 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Xinjiang set for $785 mln resource tax revenue windfall this year

Revenue from an oil and gas resource tax levied by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is expected to total RMB 5 billion ($785 million) this year, the Urumqi Evening Post reported on 12 October.

12 October 2011
Egyptians celebrating the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Arab Spring disrupts much needed gas price reform

The revolutions that swept across the Middle East and North Africa this year have disrupted much-needed gas price reforms, Hakim Darbouche from the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES) told Interfax on Wednesday.

12 October 2011
Policy & Regulation

Australia’s carbon tax looks likely following house approval

The Australian government’s carbon pricing legislation cleared the lower house of the federal parliament on Wednesday, making it virtually assured that large polluters will start paying for their greenhouse gas emissions from July 2012.

12 October 2011

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