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.

By Sally Bogle 24 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan committed to joint energy security

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will continue to coordinate their energy security efforts, the presidents of both counties say.

7 March 2017
Gas flaring in North Dakota. Some states are more likely than others to reduce methane leaks. (PA) Policy & Regulation

Cuts to methane monitoring leave gas in the balance

The EPA has withdrawn a request for oil and gas companies to report their methane emissions, leaving the climate credentials of the US in doubt.

7 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Macron pledges to invest €15 bln in energy and the environment

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has said he will invest €15 billion of public funds in energy and on meeting environmental targets.

6 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Rick Perry confirmed as US energy secretary

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has been confirmed as the secretary of the United States Department of Energy after his nomination by President Donald Trump cleared the Senate on Thursday.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Tellurian receives FTA export permit for Driftwood LNG

Tellurian Investments’ proposed Driftwood LNG plant has received authorisation to export up to 116.1 million cubic metres per day of gas for 30 years to countries that hold FTAs with the US.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Wintershall abandons shale gas research permit

German oil and gas producer Wintershall will not pursue its application to extend permits for research into shale gas in the Rheinland and Ruhr approved fields in North Rhine-Westphalia.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Outcry over Bangladeshi gas price hike

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has slammed a recent 22.7% increase in gas prices because the gas companies were already making a profit.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Indian city gas traders ‘have a monopoly’ – report

Indian city gas traders have an effective monopoly and are able to earn large incomes from the sale of CNG and PNG, according to a report by Kotak Institute Equities.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Green groups slam EPA’s Pruitt on lifting methane reporting request

US Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has withdrawn a request for oil and gas companies to provide data with methane emissions.

3 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

South Korea hikes retail gas prices

South Korea has raised its retail gas prices for households and industry by an average of 3% to reflect higher LNG import costs.

2 March 2017
HGV refuelling in Italy. By 2023 France could have 25,000 heavy-duty vehicles running on gas. (Blue Corridors) Policy & Regulation

France prepares for NGV sector boom

Three of France’s four LNG terminals are planning to develop bunkering facilities, and several companies have plans to build LNG and CNG filling stations across the country.

2 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Venture Global completes FERC review for two projects

Two subsidiaries of Venture Global LNG have completed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s preliminary review stage for projects in the United States.

1 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Fuzhou cuts household gas prices

Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province, cut household gas prices on Wednesday while lowering the ceiling for non-residential prices.

1 March 2017
EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete at the summit on Tuesday. (EU) Policy & Regulation

EU ministers back key reforms to ETS

Efforts to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System have made progress, with European environment ministers backing key reforms to address the surplus of allowances.

1 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Duterte signs Paris deal for Philippines – senator

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris agreement on climate change, a senator from the country said on Wednesday.

1 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

Council ruling speeds up fracking projects in Derbyshire

Ineos will not have to carry out an environmental impact assessment for proposed drilling at a fracking site in Marsh Lane in the UK, the local county council ruled on Tuesday.

1 March 2017
Sinopec extracted more than 5 bcm of gas at the Fuling shale field in 2016. (Sinopec) Policy & Regulation

China’s gas output target seen as ambitious

China’s bullish gas production target could see the market flooded, but the number has been called into question by industry figures.

1 March 2017
Drilling in the Tendrara area in Morocco. Sound may be able to produce 1 bcm/y by Q2 2019. (Sound Energy) Policy & Regulation

Domestic gas may sway Morocco on LNG project

Discoveries by Sound Energy could lead Morocco to rethink its LNG import plans, but proceeding would allow it to keep its options open.

1 March 2017
Policy & Regulation

WPX fined $1.2 mln for groundwater pollution

Oklahoma-based WPX Energy has been fined $1.2 million for polluting groundwater supplies to five households in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2012.

28 February 2017
Mongstad CCS plant, Norway. Companies and states are reluctant to invest in the technology. (TCM) Policy & Regulation

CCS platitudes fail to carry weight

Companies can agree that developing CCS is vital to gas’s future in the energy mix, but they are struggling to decide where the responsibility for its development lies.

28 February 2017

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