State power utility Saudi Electricity Co. is currently the only offtaker of power in Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Electricity Co.) Policy & Regulation

Saudi Arabia presses on with power privatisation

Saudi Arabia’s power sector reforms will shift the state power utility into the role of system operator, but the constant changes are taking their toll.

By Verity Ratcliffe 26 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

China due to announce city gas reforms – Citi Research

China’s State Council is likely to announce reforms to the city gas sector within the next month, according to Citi Research.

19 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

AGDC applies to export gas from Alaska’s North Slope

The Alaska State Gasline Development Corp. filed an application with FERC last week to build a pipeline and other facilities to export gas from Alaska’s North Slope.

18 April 2017
BP operations in the North Sea. The company has a 50% stake in the Rhum field. (BP) Policy & Regulation

UK puts an end to Rhum gas field saga – BEIS

Iranian Oil Company has received funds related to its share of the output from the Rhum gas field in the North Sea earned while Iran was under international sanctions.

18 April 2017
Work proceeds on the Datang Fuxin coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia. (Fuxin government) Policy & Regulation

China warms to CTG to boost energy security

After cooling on the controversial process in 2014-2015, it seems coal-to-gas is back on the agenda for Beijing.

18 April 2017
An oil refinery in Alberta. Canada is making strides in carbon emissions trading. (Greenpeace) Policy & Regulation

Canada comes to the fore as carbon pricing leader

Ontario is the latest province in Canada to introduce a carbon trading market as the country steps up its efforts to reduce emissions.

18 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

China’s oil and gas reform plan due for release soon – NEA head

China’s oil and gas industry reform plan has been approved by the government and will be released soon.

12 April 2017
Sinopec’s Fuling shale gas field in Chongqing will help supply more gas as it ramps up. (Sinopec) Policy & Regulation

Chongqing must diversify sources of gas demand

Chongqing needs to diversify its gas users as the municipality’s demand is too closely tied to its chemicals sector, experts say.

12 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

EU power sector emissions fall by 4%

Greenhouse gas emissions from the European power sector fell by 4% in 2016 compared with the previous year, with emissions from coal-fired power plants dropping by 11%.

12 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

China’s NDRC releases plan to liberalise power targets

The National Development and Reform Commission released a plan on Monday to liberalise power generation targets as part of wider electricity reforms.

11 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Algeria unveils diversification plans

Algeria has unveiled plans to diversify its economy away from petroleum.

11 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

New York blocks Northern Access pipeline expansion

New York has blocked the $455 million expansion of the Northern Access pipeline project.

10 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC issues final statement on PennEast pipeline

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued its final environmental impact statement for Spectra Energy’s 190-km PennEast gas pipeline project.

10 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Danish government proposes bill to veto Nord Stream 2

The Danish government is proposing a law to allow the country to veto pipeline projects crossing its territory.

10 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Canadian regulator approves export licence for Woodfibre LNG

Canadian energy regulator the National Energy Board has approved a 40-year export licence for the British Columbia-based Woodfibre LNG facility.

7 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

China oil and gas reform plan expected in H1 – report

China’s long-awaited oil and gas reform plan is expected to be released in the first half of this year.

7 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Chinese environment ministry approves EIA for CNOOC pipeline

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has approved the environmental impact assessment for China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s first long-distance gas pipeline.

7 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Lazio administrative court temporarily suspends TAP works

The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio has temporarily suspended the removal of olive trees from the landfall site of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Italy.

7 April 2017
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On) Policy & Regulation

Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.

6 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Maryland permanently bans fracking

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill this week that permanently bans fracking in the state.

5 April 2017
The GreenStream receiving terminal in Sicily.  Snam and Eni, are pushing the development of Italy as a gas hub. (Eni) Policy & Regulation

Italy’s new role as a Mediterranean transit hub

Making Italy into a gas hub could increase liquidity in Europe, eventually leading to lower prices and more flexibility, analysts say.

5 April 2017

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