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NGVs left in the dust by electric competition

The window of opportunity for NGVs to operate as a bridge from oil-fuelled to electric vehicles is fast disappearing.

By The Wildcat 22 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Total approved for Yamal LNG stake acquisition

French major Total has secured approval from Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for a 20.5% stake in the Yamal-LNG project, the FAS said in a statement released today.

23 August 2011
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Challenges remain for TNK-BP in Itera share deal

Russia’s Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has suspended consideration of the proposed 50% acquisition of natural gas producer and trader Itera by oil and gas company TNK-BP because the deal has to be referred to the government’s commission for monitoring foreign investment, an FAS source told Interfax.

23 August 2011
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Petrobras CFO: we may catch ‘Dutch disease’

The success of Brazil's oil and gas industry may harm the country’s manufacturing sector in an economic phenomenon called ‘Dutch disease’, according to the Chief Financial Officer of state-controlled energy giant Petrobras.

23 August 2011
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Chinese loan aims to kick-start Ghana’s gas sector

The China Development Bank has loaned Ghana $800 million to develop its gas infrastructure but, with the size and accessibility of the African country’s reserves still unknown, this is likely to be

23 August 2011
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China to offer VAT rebates on natural gas imports

China plans to grant value added tax (VAT) rebates to gas projects approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on 22 August.

22 August 2011
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Gazprom chief strategist warns against oil-indexed pricing of gas

The growing price differential between oil and gas requires Gazprom to move away from oil-indexed pricing formulas for the export of natural gas, Vlada Rusakova, Gazprom’s head of strategic planning, recently said in an article for Gas Industry Journal.

22 August 2011
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Ukraine prepares response to Gazprom

Ukraine will submit its own proposal on gas co-operation with Gazprom, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said today.

19 August 2011
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Reliance’s KG-D6 capital costs not linked to Indian gas price - ministry

The price of the gas that Reliance Industries is producing in the offshore Krishna Godavari Basin’s D6 Block (KG-D6) was not linked to its capital investment in the field, the Indian Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas said in response to allegations that it allowed Reliance to inflate its capital cost.

19 August 2011
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US shale gas producers under pressure to reveal profit details

Three shale gas producers were sent New York State subpoenas as part of a review into how oil and gas companies portray profits of their natural gas wells, Reuters reported this week.

19 August 2011
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Tension increases over Peru's energy reform

Pressure is mounting on Peru’s new president, Ollanta Humala, as indigenous groups grow frustrated by delay to reform of the country’s hydrocarbon industry.

19 August 2011
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SOCAR and BP discuss second phase of Shah-Deniz field

Representatives of State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and BP today discussed phase two of the Shah Deniz gas condensate project in Azerbaijan Caspian sector, a SOCAR representative today told Interfax.

18 August 2011
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Pakistan passes 'stakeholder friendly' LNG policy

Pakistan has lifted conditions in its LNG policy that required suppliers to enter into long-term contracts and has introduced incentives aimed at keeping terminal developers on track with their target dates, in an attempt to develop an import infrastructure in the gas-hungry country.

18 August 2011
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Dubai needs ‘mentality change’ to address rising power demand

Dubai will appoint an energy consultant by the end of 2011 to design a new gas strategy to slash the emirate’s energy demand, the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE) said on Tuesday.

17 August 2011
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Russia agrees with Belarus to reduce gas price formula from 2012

Russia has agreed to lower its gas prices for Belarus, and will receive Russian gas at a discount from 2012 in view of its membership of the customs union, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Mikhail Myasnikovich.

16 August 2011
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Questions loom over sustainability of Argentina’s gas subsidies

The landslide victory of Argentina’s incumbent President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Sunday’s primary elections has dashed hope for rapid energy reform, but there is still uncertainty surrounding the long-term sustainability of energy subsidies.

16 August 2011
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Russia offers Belarus reduced gas price formula from 2012

Belarus will receive Russian gas at a discount from 2012 in view of its membership of the Customs Union, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart, Mikhail Myasnikovich.

15 August 2011
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Natural gas to account for 9.2% of Jilin Province energy mix by 2015

Natural gas will account for approximately 9.2% of the energy mix for north-east China's Jilin Province by 2015, according to a plan released by the Jilin provincial government on 11 August.

12 August 2011
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Cairn India’s cautionary tale

India’s demand that Cairn Energy pay royalty fees on its oil and gas assets before selling its Cairn India shares highlights the government’s tendency to shift goalposts and change rules in order

12 August 2011
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Georgia looks to sell minority stake in North-South gas pipeline

Georgia’s government plans to sell to foreign investors a 25% stake in the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, the state-run operator of the North-South gas pipeline which runs from Russia to Armenia via Georgia.

12 August 2011
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DoE shale report – a flawed study, or a balanced debate?

An advisory panel to the Department of Energy has called for the shale gas industry to increase “transparency and focus on best practices,” in the ninety-day report it released on Thursday. ‘The SEAB Shale Gas Production Subcommittee Ninety-Day Report’ suggested better data collection and disclosure could be an effective way to limit some o

12 August 2011

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