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

Henan Province raises residential gas prices in 14 cities

Henan Province has raised residential gas prices in 14 major cities after the local arm of the National Development and Reform Commission (Henan NDRC) pegged retail gas prices to upstream costs earlier this month, the provincial government announced on Monday.

12 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Meet the gas ‘BRICs’

Investors are keen to keep an eye on a number of new economies, which are benefitting from their newfound worth in the oil and gas world.

9 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Experts warn of Brussels over-regulation

The EU electricity market is overregulated and has a legal framework that is frequently changing, Michel Cruciani from the Center for Geopolitics and Natural Resources at the Paris Dauphine University

9 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

China lowers gas targets in five-year plan

China expects gas production to account for between 7% and 8% of its energy mix by 2015, down from an original target of 8.3%, state media reported on Friday.

9 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Jiangxi Province offers subsidies to encourage natural gas changeover

Industrial enterprises using coal gas in Jiangxi Province are being offered an incentive if they switch to natural gas, the Jiangxi provincial government announced on Wednesday.

9 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Disparity between hub and oil-indexed pricing ‘unsustainable’

Fair pricing for gas, as with any other commodity, is best achieved through market forces rather than oil-linked contracts, Daniel Laure, senior vice-president for strategy, markets and IT at French m

8 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Kazakhstan pushes ahead with oil and gas law

The upper house of Kazakhstan’s parliament approved a draft law on gas and gas supply on Wednesday in an effort to regulate domestic prices and unify the country’s gas supply system

8 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

PSC parameters dampen foreign interest in China shale

China may struggle to attract foreign investment into its shale gas sector unless rules over the length of production sharing contracts in the country's energy sector are revised, an industry consultancy said on Wednesday at the second Annual Unconventional Gas Asia Summit in Beijing.

8 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Chevron sweats over Brazil future following oil spill

It is still unclear if the 7 November oil spill in Brazil has damaged United States-based Chevron’s hopes of picking up future exploration licences in the country

7 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Russian energy minister urges tax breaks for Shtokman project

Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko has said tax concessions should be granted for the development of the giant Shtokman gas field in a bid to quash investor uncertainty over the project’s fin

7 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

French PM enters gas price debate

The French government will try to keep an increase in regulated gas prices below 5% in the new year, Prime Minister Francois Fillon has said in an interview on French television.

7 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Details of China's gas pricing reforms trickle out

China's natural gas pricing structure may undergo changes that will see the price of gas pegged to a basket of other fuels and determined by the transmission distances, the state-controlled China Securities Journal reported on Monday citing unnamed sources.

6 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Russia’s two-tier pricing headache

With cheap gas from independent producers putting pressure on Russia’s regulated tariff, will the government be able to meet its long-awaited export netback parity targets by 2015?

2 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Aussie Senate committee urges more CBM regulation

The Australian government should delay on giving any additional approvals for coal-bed methane (CBM) production in part of the south-eastern Murray-Darling Basin until the Queensland state government completes a regional review of how CBM drilling affects water resources, a federal Senate committee has said.

2 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Aussie LNG exports may offset carbon tax benefit for gas

Australia’s new carbon tax would have made gas-fired power cheaper than coal, but LNG exports from the country could increase gas prices to such an extent that the overall impact may be minimal.

1 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Bolivia’s key Margarita field requires light-touch regulation

The imminent launch of a new production phase at Repsol YPF’s giant Margarita gas field in Bolivia will provide a much-needed boost to the country’s stagnating gas output. However, analysts polled by Interfax have said that deeper regulatory reform will be needed to sustain the investment drive.

1 December 2011
Policy & Regulation

Russia-EU Permanent Partnership Council

Russia's Energy Ministry will hold the sixth meeting of the Russia-EU Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Energy on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

30 November 2011
Policy & Regulation

French court annuls gas price freeze in victory for GDF Suez

France’s higher court, the Conseil d’Etat, has suspended the gas price freeze imposed by the government at the end of September, after GDF Suez said the decision would generate an estimated earnings shortfall of approximately $399 million.

29 November 2011
Policy & Regulation

CDU TEK figures show Russia’s dwindling imports of Central Asia gas

Figures from the Russia’s Fuel and Energy Dispatch Centre (CDU TEK) obtained by Interfax demonstrate the shifting relationship Russia has with Central Asian gas producers.

25 November 2011
Policy & Regulation

A lot of hot air

There are many theories as to why ExxonMobil signed six oilfield contracts with Kurdistan without, apparently, the consent of either the US or the Baghdad governments, but few provide a satisfactory e

25 November 2011

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