Flaring from a shale gas well in eastern Australia’s Cooper Basin. Policy & Regulation

Gas exploration stymied as Western Australia restricts onshore fracking

Western Australia’s new Labor government has stopped fracking in the state in a move critics say will deter investment in oil and gas exploration.

By Sally Bogle 21 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC processing 51 pipeline project applications

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was processing 51 applications for pipeline projects as of the end of August.

4 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Japan’s METI seeks budget boost to fund foreign asset purchases

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has requested an 11% increase in its 2018-2019 budget as it is seeking to acquire exploration and production assets overseas.

4 September 2017
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China price cut aims to maintain demand momentum

The benchmark gas price cut will shave nearly $1 billion off fuel costs for the non-residential sector and help ensure China’s gas demand stays healthy entering winter.

4 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Norway elections could be turning point for oil and gas

Environmental concerns and fears of low prices are fuelling Norway’s debate on the reform of its oil and gas sector.

4 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

US officials say EPA guidance is misleading

A number of officials have said that guidance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency is misleading.

1 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Gas sector awaits EU review of energy finance

The gas industry is holding its breath ahead of the European Commission’s review of sustainable finance in energy.

31 August 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC denies review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project approval

The US FERC has denied a request to revisit its approval of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project in northwestern Massachusetts.

30 August 2017
Policy & Regulation

NDRC to cut citygate prices for first time in two years

China’s NDRC will cut citygate prices for non-residential gas by a flat rate of RMB 0.1/cm on 1 September.

30 August 2017
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Colombian caution stymies Exxon’s fracking hopes

ExxonMobil has been waiting for the green light to begin fracking in Colombia since Q1 2015. But an all-important environmental licence remains elusive.

30 August 2017
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Mexico approves Pemex investment deadline extension

Mexico’s energy ministry has approved a two-year deadline extension for state-run Pemex to invest in 101 oil and gas exploration blocks that were granted in 2014.

29 August 2017
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Manila to lift ban on exploration in South China Sea

The Philippines plans to lift its moratorium on oil and gas exploration in a disputed area of the South China Sea, according to comments made by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

29 August 2017
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Chinese NOCs accelerate shift to gas in H1

China’s majors continued to scale back crude output in favour of gas in H1 2017 – driven by Beijing’s clean energy focus.

29 August 2017
Policy & Regulation

Ivory Coast presses on with power liberalisation

Baker Mckenzie’s Richard Mugni talks to Interfax Natural Gas Daily about the progress of power market liberalisation in Ivory Coast and the challenges faced by investors.

29 August 2017
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Vietnam and Indonesia to boost trade

Vietnam and Indonesia have agreed to boost bilateral trade to $8 billion next year.

25 August 2017
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Indian thinktank makes recommendations to reduce air pollution

An Indian government thinktank has made a number of recommendations to reduce air pollution in and around cities.

25 August 2017
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Singapore looks to boost LNG spot trades

The deal made between Pavilion Gas and Singapore LNG on Thursday is good news for Singapore's regional LNG hub aspirations.

25 August 2017
Policy & Regulation

With neighbours like these, who needs IOCs?

A regional gas committee should ensure the SADC’s gas resources benefit all countries in the region – or at least South Africa.

25 August 2017
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Polish law change marks new setback for renewables

Poland is reducing subsidies for existing wind farm operators, threatening the country’s renewables growth potential.

24 August 2017
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US appeals court overturns FERC pipeline approvals

A US appeals court has overturned FERC’s approval of three planned gas pipelines under the Southeast Market Pipelines Project.

24 August 2017
Policy & Regulation

Norwegian Labour Party asks for changes in oil and gas tax regime

A Norwegian MP has called for changes to the rules allowing companies to claim back the tax paid on failed exploration.

23 August 2017

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