Ministers visiting GridCo’s Ghana power station. Ghana is struggling to balance gas and power supplies. (GridCo) Policy & Regulation

Next Ghana IPP tender not expected until 2020

Ghana’s supply plans will have to wait for gas to become available as power producers work through a backlog of incomplete projects.

By Miriam Malek 26 May 2017
A gas flow test off the Mozambican coast. Eni is expected to make an FID on its Coral FLNG project soon. (Anadarko) Policy & Regulation

Coral FLNG finance gets all-clear from Mozambique

The Coral FLNG project has cleared the last hurdle before its FID, but sign-off on contracts from the fifth licensing round is still a long way away.

17 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Jordan Cove LNG cleared by Oregon voters

Voters in Coos County, Oregon have rejected a measure that would have banned the $7.5 billion Jordan Cove LNG export project and its associated 370 km Pacific Connector pipeline.

17 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Labour pledges to ban fracking and boost renewables

The UK’s Labour Party has promised to ban fracking if it wins the country’s general election on 8 June.

17 May 2017
Tianjin LNG terminal. China has received a total of nine cargoes from the US so far. (CNOOC) Policy & Regulation

Industry plays down China’s demand for US LNG

Last week’s agreement between the US and China has paved the way for increasing LNG trade between the two countries, but a boom in US exports is not expected anytime soon.

17 May 2017
Jaroslav Neverovic (centre) at an ITRE committee meeting. (European Parliament) Policy & Regulation

Poland-Lithuania energy talks rise above politics

Energy relations between Poland and Lithuania should not be marred by political disputes, a former Lithuanian energy minister says.

17 May 2017
A solar power plant owned by RWE subsidiary Innogy. (Innogy) Policy & Regulation

European utilities face increased regulatory pressure

RWE used its Q1 earnings call to highlight how price caps and stricter EU rules on emissions are contributing to a tough business climate.

17 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Two plants reprieved in Moon’s South Korean coal shutdown

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered eight coal-fired power plants to be temporarily shut down to reduce pollution, two fewer than originally planned.

16 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Panel suggests shutting down NEB

A panel appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recommended shutting down Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board.

16 May 2017
The case between Cobalt and Sonangol related to Angola’s offshore blocks 20 and 21. (Cobalt) Policy & Regulation

Sonangol unlikely to pay $2 bln Cobalt arbitration

Cash-strapped Sonangol is unlikely to be able to foot a $2 billion legal bill if it loses its arbitration case with US-based Cobalt, sources say.

16 May 2017
Platform P-52 at Brazil’s Roncador field. Around 45% of the country’s gas output comes from the pre-salt. (Petrobras) Policy & Regulation

Brazil needs pre-salt gas plan to unleash potential

Pre-salt gas now constitutes around 45% of Brazil’s total gas production. However, huge volumes of the fuel are not making it to market.

16 May 2017
Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route. (Transitgas) Policy & Regulation

Italy reveals plans to boost hub liquidity

Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route that brings in gas from markets in northwest Europe.

15 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

South Korea plans temporary coal plant shutdown

South Korea will temporarily shut down 10 coal-fired power plants in June to reduce pollution.

15 May 2017
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak) Policy & Regulation

Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law.

15 May 2017
Laying the second West-East Pipeline. Efforts to increase third-party access have made little progress. (CNPC) Policy & Regulation

Beijing struggles to promote direct gas pricing

Beijing is keen to see more buyers and sellers negotiate gas costs as part of pricing reforms, but vested interests are thwarting the plans.

15 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Confusion swirls over Bolivian exports

Bolivian authorities are no longer publishing daily gas export data. It could be related to a disagreement over exports with Argentina.

15 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Canada to fund clean oil and gas technology projects

Canadian environmental company Alberta Innovates and government department Natural Resources Canada will spend C$26.2 million on clean technology projects.

12 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

China raises hopes of taking US LNG

China has reached an agreement with the United States to provide greater access for US LNG exporters to the world’s third-largest gas market.

12 May 2017
A rig in the US. Drillers in the country emit large amounts of methane. (Anadarko) Policy & Regulation

Trump stumbles in war on regulation

Environmentalists scored a victory over Donald Trump this week on fugitive methane emissions. The US president now has to fight regulation the hard way.

12 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

EU regulators call for end to priority dispatch for renewables

ACER and CEER have called on the European Commission to completely phase out priority dispatch for renewable energy sources.

12 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

US Department of Interior to go ahead with Atlantic surveys

The US Department of the Interior will move ahead with seismic surveys in the Atlantic stretching from northern Florida to Delaware, an area in which offshore drilling has been banned for decades.

11 May 2017

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