Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) Policy & Regulation

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

By Andreas Walstad 23 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigeria could increase power tariffs by July, new plan suggests

Nigeria’s government could hike national power tariffs under a new plan.

8 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Argentina’s sea change on subsidies

Argentina is no longer propping up the consumer. Instead, the country’s gas producers received nearly 56% of energy sector subsidies in Q1 2017.

8 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Bangladesh waives LNG terminal taxes

The government of Bangladesh has waived taxes, including VAT, for the country’s first LNG terminal.

5 May 2017
A gas-fired power plant in Turkey. The country aims to cut the role of gas in the energy mix to 30% by 2023. (Enerjisa) Policy & Regulation

Falling gas demand helps Turkey look long term

Turkey’s success in cutting gas demand is giving the country the opportunity to make improvements to its infrastructure.

5 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Indonesia threatens to pull Inpex’s Masela Block PSA

Indonesia’s energy and mineral resources minister has threatened to abort a PSA the government holds with Inpex over a lack of progress on the Masela Block.

4 May 2017
A well in the Vaca Muerta formation. Argentina’s government has offered generous incentives to drill there. (YPF) Policy & Regulation

Argentina up against the clock in Vaca Muerta

Buenos Aires has rolled out the red carpet for producers in Vaca Muerta. However, companies will need to act fast for maximum rewards.

4 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Saudi Arabia will hold on to reserves after Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia will retain full ownership of its oil and gas reserves even after the kingdom carries out an IPO for Saudi Aramco, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said.

4 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

US interior secretary appoints Vincent Devito to coordination role

United States Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has appointed Vincent DeVito to coordinate the Department of the Interior’s energy goals across its nine bureaus.

3 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Encana to continue to invest in Canada despite Trump

Calgary-based Encana will continue to invest in Canada even if the US erects border tax barriers to Canadian energy exports into the United States.

3 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

South African government could appeal against nuclear decision

The government of South Africa may appeal against the decision of the country’s High Court to halt the domestic nuclear-build programme

3 May 2017
Jerzy Buzek, centre, is rapporteur of the proposed ‘solidarity law’. (European Parliament) Policy & Regulation

‘Solidarity law’ signals Energy Union breakthrough

The EU’s solidarity principle, intended to provide mutual support in the event of a supply crisis, has received informal backing from key EU bodies.

3 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Trump FERC appointment delay holding back $15 bln of projects

United States President Donald Trump’s delay in making key energy appointments is holding many pipeline projects back, particularly those waiting for FERC approval.

2 May 2017
South Korea’s Incheon LNG terminal. The front-runner in the country’s presidential election has promised to reform the LNG import tax. (Kogas) Policy & Regulation

Korean election favourite plans to boost role of gas

A South Korean presidential candidate has pledged to sideline nuclear power in favour of renewables and gas, but this might be harder to do than it appears.

2 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Perry to advise Trump to keep Paris agreement

United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry will advise President Donald Trump to maintain the country’s commitment to the Paris climate change agreement on different terms.

28 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

South Korea hikes domestic gas price for second time this year

South Korea’s Energy Ministry said on Friday that it will increase the domestic gas price by an average of 3.1% from the beginning of May.

28 April 2017
A BP platform off the African coast. The company may be stymied by political hurdles in Mauritania. (BP plc) Policy & Regulation

BP ups Tortue share, but progress may be slowing

The UK major is trying to accelerate the development of the West African discovery, but its progress may be stymied by local politics.

28 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Biggest US companies set emission targets despite Trump

Almost half of the Fortune 500 largest companies in the United States have set targets to reduce emissions despite President Donald Trump’s intention to reverse climate change policies.

27 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Alaska releases cash incentive list

Alaska has announced the names of the companies that received $73 million in state cash incentives for exploration and production in 2016.

27 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

British Columbia emissions may be 2.5 times higher than reported

The Canadian province of British Columbia emits 2.5 times more methane than it has officially stated, according to the David Suzuki Foundation and St. Francis Xavier University.

27 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Australia draws up plan to restrict gas exports

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced a new plan on Thursday to restrict east coast LNG exports, which are said to be responsible for high domestic gas prices.

27 April 2017

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