Nord Stream 2 pipe segments in Finland. Policy & Regulation

MEPs challenge extension of EU gas laws

MEPs have voiced their disquiet over the proposed extension of the EU Gas Directive to pipelines from third countries.

By Andreas Walstad 19 January 2018
Policy & Regulation

Concerns over Argentina's ‘creeping nationalism’

Pressure from Argentine authorities has extended beyond the country’s dominant producer YPF to international companies, with firms from Brazil, Canada and Italy losing concessions last week. Where will it end?

10 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

China begins levying fee on domestic-foreign energy projects

China’s Ministry of Land and Resources has begun levying a mineral resource compensation fee on joint oil and gas projects between Chinese and foreign companies, the ministry announced on Tuesday.

10 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

EU negotiations to bridge disputes over Energy Efficiency Directive

The three major EU institutions will hold their first round of negotiations on the draft Energy Efficiency Directive on Wednesday, after member states approved the main elements of the negotiating mandate prepared by the Danish presidency of the EU Council on Tuesday.

10 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

China to step up audits of major oil and gas projects

China may expand auditing of major oil and gas projects after a government investigation into the RMB 142.2 billion ($22.54 billion) construction of the second West-East Gas Pipeline (WEP II) revealed several irregularities, an academic told Interfax on Thursday.

5 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

ASEAN still divided on approach to South China Sea dispute

ASEAN members failed to make any headway towards a unified approach to the disputed South China Sea during the bloc’s two-day summit in Cambodia this week, with a statement from ASEAN on Wednesday simply reaffirming a commitment to implementing a declaration agreed by the group in 2002.

5 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Environment ministers to debate ETS price crisis

Lower-than-expected EU greenhouse gas emissions data for 2011 and the subsequent drop in pollution prices has placed the issue of improving the bloc’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) firmly on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU environment ministers, which will be hosted by Denmark later this month.

5 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Energy white paper should fill ‘market gaps’, petroleum group says

Australia’s peak oil and gas industry group, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, has praised the government’s draft energy white paper for emphasising the importance of competitive markets, but said the policy still needs to address industry inefficiencies.

4 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Proposed regulations could hit US gas output

Proposed regulations could hit the gas industry’s ability to hedge and undermine capital spending.

4 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Ofgem opens investigation into E.On's marketing activities

UK energy regulator Ofgem has opened an investigation into whether German energy company E.On is complying with its “obligations on energy sales”, it said in a press statement on Wednesday.

4 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Israel planning commission opts for onshore gas terminal

Israel’s National Planning and Building Commission has rejected plans to build a permanent gas receiving station offshore, and has instead ordered the review of 12 onshore options, local business daily Globes reported on Tuesday.

4 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Disagreements delay energy efficiency vote

A final vote by the European Council and Parliament on the Energy Efficiency Directive will likely be delayed as a result of disagreements over binding targets and market intervention in the Emissions Trading System.

4 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Energy firms count cost of new EU regulation

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation – which sets out to combat credit risk and improve transparency in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets – could pose a significant administrative and financial burden on energy companies.

3 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

NZ bows to public pressure and launches fracking investigation

New Zealand’s environmental regulator has launched an official investigation into hydraulic fracturing (fracking), to determine whether the controversial drilling method – long-used in the country – has a negative environmental impact.

3 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

YPF face shock renationalisation threat in Argentina

Analysts are shocked by Argentine newspaper reports suggesting YPF could soon be renationalised, but some still see the threat as political posturing.

2 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Independents to bear brunt of US tax break eliminations

United States President Barack Obama's campaign to eliminate tax breaks for ’Big Oil‘ would also eliminate tax advantages held by smaller gas producers, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has said.

2 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Indian budget under fire for scaring investors away

Measures in India’s newly-proposed budget that would more than double taxes on certain exploration and production projects and overseas investments has drawn heavy fire from the oil and gas industry, which worries the changes will further deter potential investors.

2 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

CNOOC and ConocoPhillips’ $55 million spill bill

CNOOC and ConocoPhillips have agreed to pay approximately $55 million in compensation and clean up fees following the Penglai 19-3 oil spill, Chinese state-media reported on Sunday.

2 April 2012
Policy & Regulation

Politics threaten competitive edge of US LNG exports

The politics surrounding United States LNG exports may see the country losing its competitive edge to supply Pacific markets.

30 March 2012
Policy & Regulation

Subsidised gas for Aussie manufacturers is an unlikely prospect

Australia’s manufacturers are pushing the government to keep some of the gas destined for LNG exports at home, in the hopes of stemming rising prices. But the high cost of developing the export projects makes that an unlikely prospect.

30 March 2012
Policy & Regulation

Bill boosts WA’s gas supply as Varanus Island case is withdrawn

Western Australia (WA) has taken steps to increase its supply security by passing new legislation through Parliament which will increase storage capacity and the exchange of information between the government and industry.

29 March 2012

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