Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) Policy & Regulation

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

By Andreas Walstad 23 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

US Bureau of Land Management to issue environmental guidelines

The United States Interior Department is discarding previous administrative rules for issuing environmental-review waivers for oil and gas drilling permits on public land; and will propose new regulations that will allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to waive the environmental review process and use “categorical exclusions” if drilling d

12 September 2011
Colombia is generally enjoying improved security after a crackdown on leftist rebel militia and drug lords over the past decade. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Colombia no longer a security ‘special case’

Rising environmental awareness and localism, rather than poor security, are now the largest risks to oil and gas operations in Colombia.

12 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Russia eyes Rosneft privatisation

As part of its attempts to raise 1.2 trillion rubles ($40 billion) from selling state assets in the next three years, Russia plans to sell up to 15% in oil producer Rosneft for over 200 billion roubles ($6.77 billion) in 2012, according to Russia’s Economic Ministry.

12 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

IMF expects Ukraine to hike gas tariffs

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has insisted that Ukraine increase its gas tariffs if it is to continue to receive financial assistance from the organisation.

12 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Fortune Oil spokesperson expects Chinese gas prices to go up

Michael Jones, the technology and development director of China based Fortune Oil, told Interfax last week that he expects the government will increase domestically capped gas prices.

12 September 2011
The Arab Spring has forced Europe to question the reliability of gas supplies from North Africa. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Chance gas glut will last longer than 2015 – EUCER’s Frank Umbach

Interfax speaks to Frank Umbach, an Associate Director at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security King’s College London, about how revolution in Egypt and Libya has impacted European en

9 September 2011
Workers at the site of the P-51 drilling platform owned by Petrobras, in Brazil. (PA) Policy & Regulation

A pinch of risk in Brazil’s pre-salt (Part 2)

Interfax wrote on Thursday that the real risk in Brazil’s hydrocarbon-rich ‘pre-salt’ blocks is operational, not political. In the second part of this two-part feature, Interfax examines the new

9 September 2011
Workers at the site of the P-51 drilling platform owned by Petrobras, in Brazil. (PA) Policy & Regulation

A pinch of risk in Brazil’s pre-salt (Part 1)

Foreign companies who win oil and gas blocks in future pre-salt auctions will feel the Brazilian state’s influence at every administrative level. In the first of this two-part series, Chris Noon examines the state's new arrangements for its deep-water reserves.

9 September 2011
Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, centre, waves to his supporters in Abuja, Nigeria, 26 March. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Confidence falters in Nigeria’s gas reforms

Energy sector development was high on President Goodluck Jonathan’s list of priorities during his election campaign, but political realities are now hitting home and confidence in his reforms is beginning to ebb.

8 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Public tender will decide Peru’s block auctions this year

The Peruvian government has confirmed that it will abandon bilateral negotiations with oil and gas companies as part of the process by which it awards hydrocarbon contracts.

8 September 2011
President Cristina Fernandez addressing national, provincial, business and union representatives as YPF announces the discovery of a new oilfield in Loma La Lata, Neuquén. (Casa Rosada) Policy & Regulation

Shale incentives to tackle Argentina’s supply deficit

As LNG imports triple, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government is likely to further relax regulation and pricing associated with shale gas.

7 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Gas netback pricing differs for Belarus and Russia

The principles for netback pricing are different for Russia and Belarus, Gazprom’s Deputy Chief Valery Golubev told Interfax in Perm this week.

7 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Rosneft, ExxonMobil agreement requires no FAS approval

The strategic agreement between Rosneft and ExxonMobil does not require the approval of Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Deputy FAS chief Andrei Tsyganov told Interfax on Wednesday.

7 September 2011
While the government will attempt to push through legislation to lift investment restrictions, opposition parties currently hold more seats than President Felipe Calderon's conservative party. (Wikipedia) Policy & Regulation

Not everyone believes Mexico’s foreign investment promises

Analysts are divided on how much control will be given to foreign companies that are seeking exploration and production opportunities in Mexico.

6 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Fujian sets floating price cap for spot market LNG

Fujian Province has pegged the price of LNG imports purchased on the spot market to the cost, insurance, and freight price under a regulation introduced on 1 September, a spokeswoman with the Fuzhou City pricing bureau told Interfax on Monday.

5 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Exemption from EU E&P procurement rules boost Denmark’s declining gas reserves

PA, Swedish independent gas company’s August announcement of a second gas discovery at the Boder Truck prospect offshore Denmark is a boost to the country’s declining reserves.

5 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

BP to challenge Russian court ruling

As BP today reopened its Moscow office, the UK supermajor is seeking to challenge the law suit against it, which led to a raid on its Moscow office last week.

5 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Ukrainian appeal to international court will only be used as a ‘last resort’

As leaders gathered to meet at the annual Commonwealth of Independent States summit in Dushanbe last week, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he considered court action against Russia to be a “last resort” in the country’s current gas standoff with Russian energy major, Gazprom.

5 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Australian gas industry launches pro-CBM campaign

Australia’s leading oil and gas industry association is kicking off a campaign highlighting the environmental benefits of gas-fired energy when compared with many other types of fuel, in response to growing opposition to coal-bed methane (CBM) – the source of several new LNG projects in development.

5 September 2011
Policy & Regulation

Gazprom and Lithuania in Swedish arbitration court

Gazprom filed a request for arbitration against Lithuania at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce on 30 August, reported Interfax.ru.

2 September 2011

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