The Troll B platform. Norway has seen record drilling activity this year. (Statoil) Policy & Regulation

Norwegian Arctic exploration faces challenges

Norway is getting ready for the 24th licensing round on its continental shelf, but an ongoing environmental dispute could cause complications.

By Annemarie Botzki 28 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Irish parliament expected to ban fracking this week

The lower house of Ireland’s parliament has approved a law to ban fracking in the country, and the upper house is expected to do the same this week.

5 June 2017
An ENN storage facility. The company is assessing the effects of proposed government reforms. (ENN Energy) Policy & Regulation

Chinese distributors play down impact of returns cap

China’s biggest city gas operators say recent regulatory uncertainty will not have a major impact on their operations.

5 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Delfin FLNG receives US export approval

Delfin LNG, the first floating LNG export plant planned for the United States, has received approval from the US Department of Energy to export 50.98 million cubic metres per day of gas as LNG.

2 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Bangladeshi gas price almost ready for LNG imports

Gas price hikes that have taken place in Bangladesh this year may mean the country will not need to raise prices next year when it starts importing LNG.

2 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Paris deal will hold despite US withdrawal – Novak

The decision of the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is a negative signal for the world, but it is unlikely other countries will follow, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said.

2 June 2017
President Donald Trump announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement. (PA) Policy & Regulation

We might as well always have Paris

The decision by the US to withdraw from the Paris agreement may make it seem as if business will continue as usual, but IOCs will have to take a longer-term view.

2 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

Japanese CO2 emissions hit record high in 2016

Japan’s carbon emissions hit record highs in 2016, according to the country’s meteorological agency.

1 June 2017
Policy & Regulation

EU and China to form alliance to fight climate change

China is forming an alliance with the EU to tackle climate change.

1 June 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2016. (PA) Policy & Regulation

California carbon market in fight over post-2020 rules

Market participants have reacted strongly to proposals to reform California’s emissions trading system, saying it would drive down prices and reduce liquidity.

1 June 2017
A combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant. Gas should benefit from carbon pricing. (Dana Smillie, World Bank) Policy & Regulation

G20 to debate carbon pricing and subsidy phase-out

The upcoming G20 meeting will provide an opportunity for discussions on a global carbon price, but progress may take time.

31 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

UN Secretary General urges Trump to keep US in Paris agreement

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged US President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement.

31 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

India may adopt PSC-free upstream policy

India is planning to formulate a new policy to encourage private capital and technology into the country’s oil and gas sector without the need for auctions or production-sharing contracts.

31 May 2017
South Africa’s Lethaba power station. The country’s IRP has a substantial role for gas. (John Hogg, World Bank) Policy & Regulation

Future of gas uncertain as South Africa awaits IRP

South Africa’s IPP office is waiting on publication of the Integrated Resource Plan for clarification on the scale and timing of the domestic gas-fired power programme.

31 May 2017
Romania could be a reliable source of supply to the rest of Europe in the case of emergencies. (Romgaz) Policy & Regulation

Romania’s gas reforms worry Brussels

Romania’s proposed regulations to restrict gas exports in times of crisis are setting it against the EU’s plans for energy security.

31 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

IEA pushes Norway to do more to boost renewables

Norway should collaborate with other countries in the Nordic electricity area to harmonise their renewable energy policies and incentives, the IEA has said.

30 May 2017
Construction of the western segment of WEP 2. PetroChina’s WEP 2 supply share in Jiangxi is growing. (CNPC) Policy & Regulation

PetroChina gains on Sinopec in Jiangxi market

PetroChina is increasing gas supply to Jiangxi with the startup of the third West-East Pipeline, while Sinopec is being held back by capacity constraints.

30 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Pemex CEO returns from Middle East promotional tour

José Antonio González Anaya, chief executive of Mexico’s Pemex, has completed a working tour of the Middle East.

26 May 2017
Policy & Regulation

Nigerian senate passes PIGB

The Nigerian senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after 17 years of work.

26 May 2017
New South African Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (right) is sworn in. (Flickr/GCIS) Policy & Regulation

Budget speech casts doubt on SA gas policy

The South African energy minister’s vague budget speech seemed to suggest a shift in policy away from LNG and towards pipeline imports from Mozambique.

26 May 2017
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.

26 May 2017

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