US President Donald Trump signs an executive order rescinding a clean water initiative. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Trump’s climate stance opens door for competitors

Although the US may not live up to its commitments on climate change, other countries and companies are nevertheless making progress.

By Annemarie Botzki 25 April 2017
An LNG tanker approaches the Qatari port of Ras Laffan. The country is planning to regain market share. (Statoil) Policy & Regulation

Qatar lifts North Dome development moratorium

The world’s largest LNG exporter is planning to regain some of the market share it has lost to countries such as the US and Australia.

4 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

SGX launches Dubai, Kuwait and India LNG spot index

Singapore Exchange and Tullett Prebon launched an LNG spot index for Dubai, Kuwait and India on 31 March.

3 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigeria reduces gas flaring by 26%

Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. has reduced gas flaring by 26% over the past 10 years.

3 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Latvia market liberalisation law takes effect

The amendments to energy laws designed to liberalise Latvia’s gas market took effect on Monday.

3 April 2017
A drop in US emissions was attributed to growth in shale gas supplies. (Helge Hansen - Statoil) Policy & Regulation

IEA emissions data shows gas faces uphill struggle

Gas is not cheap enough in most regions for it to take advantage of the move to a lower-carbon world, data from the IEA suggests.

3 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

No big-league wins if Trump cuts fracking red tape

Opening up US federal land to fracking may lead to only modest gains in gas production, according to industry data.

3 April 2017
Policy & Regulation

Congress passes bill to restrict EPA

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to use certain types of scientific studies as the basis for new regulations.

30 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

China releases air action plan

China unveiled an action plan on Wednesday to curb air pollution in its northern region.

30 March 2017
A shale well in the US. President Donald Trump plans to roll back regulations on fracking. (Breitling Oil and Gas) Policy & Regulation

Industry relief as Trump unwinds fracking red tape

US President Donald Trump has started clearing the way for fracking on public land. Industry is delighted, but environmentalists are furious.

30 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

California adopts new carbon emission regulations

California has adopted new carbon emissions regulations to reduce methane leaks.

29 March 2017
Coal mining in Jharia, India. The country wants to boost its CBM output but is facing problems. (PA) Policy & Regulation

India gives CBM producers a boost

Official backing for marketing CBM is welcome news for India’s unconventional developers, but they still face an uphill struggle.

29 March 2017
The Putian LNG terminal, Fujian. Imports there may be cheaper than supplies via the West-East Pipeline. (CNOOC) Policy & Regulation

Slim price cut fails to placate Fujian gas users

Industrial users in Fujian province have renewed longstanding complaints of high gas prices after the cost of Indonesian LNG soared.

29 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Companies call for gas price of $4.20/MMBtu in India

Oil and gas companies operating in India are calling for the government to establish a floor price of $4.20/MMBtu for gas.

28 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Unbundling the biggest block to Ukrainian market reform

The unbundling of Ukraine’s transmission and distribution system operators is the biggest obstacle to the success of the country’s market reforms, the Energy Community Secretariat has said.

28 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Keystone XL pipeline gets seal of approval from US State Dept

The US State Department given its approval to the Keystone XL Pipeline following eight years of delay by former President Barack Obama.

27 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Iran welcomes Russian oil and gas investment – Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he welcomed Russian investment in his country’s oil and gas fields.

27 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Russia and Kuwait hold talks on oil and gas equipment production

Russia and Kuwait have discussed bilateral cooperation on the joint production of oil and gas equipment, the Russian Energy Ministry’s press service has said.

27 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Beijing caps coal consumption at 7 mt in 2017

Beijing will cap its coal consumption at 7 mt this year, down from around 10 mt in 2016, the municipal government said on Thursday.

24 March 2017
Santos’s Gladstone LNG is one of the facilities under pressure from the Aussie government to cut exports. (Santos) Policy & Regulation

Queensland LNG under pressure to cut exports

Australia's federal government is putting pressure on Queensland’s LNG producers to cut back on exports to ensure there is enough gas for domestic needs.

24 March 2017
An E.On coal power plant in Germany. Energy efficency could see gas lose market share to coal. (E.On) Policy & Regulation

Gas industry cautions against EU efficiency reforms

The gas industry is lobbying against stricter EU targets for energy efficiency, which it says could favour coal over gas in the energy mix.

23 March 2017

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