Sinopec’s Fuling shale gas field. Policy & Regulation

China on course for 10 bcm of shale output – official

China is hoping shale will provide a major boost to domestic gas output and is targeting 30 bcm/y of production by 2020.

By Tang Tian 16 October 2017
A photo of Poland’s LNG terminal. Policy & Regulation

Poland to compete with Germany as regional supply hub

Poland is positioning itself as a gas hub for southern and eastern Europe and may soon rival Germany in those markets.

28 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

IPA welcomes revamped Indonesian PSC

Indonesia’s Petroleum Association considers the recent revisions to the country’s oil and gas production-sharing contracts to be positive.

27 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Brazil to send rules to Congress to improve gas sector competition

Brazil’s government will send new rules to Congress for approval by the end of 2017.

26 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

NDRC releases guidelines to support clean-energy for heating

China’s NDRC has released guidelines to support uptake of clean energy-based heating.

26 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

US Senators introduce bill to quicken FERC pipeline approvals

Two United States senators have introduced a bill to Congress intended to streamline applications for pipeline projects to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

25 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Law of the Sea case favours Ghana over Ivory Coast

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ruled in favour of Ghana on its maritime border dispute with Ivory Coast.

25 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Argentina’s promised rewards hit by delay

Despite the backlog, Argentina is transferring public spending in the energy sector from consumers to producers.

25 September 2017
Jacob Zuma addresses the BRICS summit Policy & Regulation

IOCs get in position for new South Africa upstream law

Companies are making plans to start drilling in South Africa next year in the hope a new oil and gas law will be passed by December.

25 September 2017
A photo of a Blue Corridors event for gas-fuelled vehicles in Brussels. Policy & Regulation

NGVs left in the dust by electric competition

The window of opportunity for NGVs to operate as a bridge from oil-fuelled to electric vehicles is fast disappearing.

22 September 2017
A photo of Germany’s Reichstag in Berlin. Policy & Regulation

Germany puts energy debate on hold

German parties are split over their future energy plans but seem to be avoiding discussing it until after the election.

22 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

US coal-fired generators work to remain operational as mercury limits tighten

Several coal-fired power generators in the US installed equipment to reduce mercury output just before compliance deadlines in 2015 and 2016.

21 September 2017
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.

21 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

FERC overrules environmental veto for Millennium Pipeline

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has overruled a decision to deny a water certificate for a 13-km pipeline project.

19 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Algeria must reform its oil and gas laws – Sonatrach CEO

Sonatrach’s chief executive has called on Algeria’s government to reform the laws governing the oil and gas industry.

19 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Lebanon passes new petroleum tax law

Lebanon passed its new petroleum tax law on Tuesday.

19 September 2017
Northern Irish gas power station Policy & Regulation

Northern Ireland may need more gas-fired power

Delays to an interconnector and the potential end of the Single Energy Market are threatening Northern Ireland’s supply security.

19 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

Exxon reaches settlement over Sakhalin 1 tax dispute

Russia has reached an out-of-court settlement with ExxonMobil regarding its tax dispute over Sakhalin 1.

15 September 2017
Parliamentary address by Michel Aoun, president of Lebanon Policy & Regulation

Lebanon licensing round schedule hinges on tax law

A parliamentary vote next week will determine the timeline for Lebanon’s long-awaited licensing round.

15 September 2017
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg expresses elation at winning the country's election Policy & Regulation

Norwegian election gives boost to gas producers

The results of Norway’s parliamentary elections provide a signal of stability to exploration companies in the region.

14 September 2017
Policy & Regulation

PNG government starts payments to landowners for LNG project

The government of Papua New Guinea has started to pay local landowners royalties from the PNG LNG project.

13 September 2017

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