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Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gannawarra Energy Storage System, Australia

Battery storage – moving forward in 2019

Falling costs and government policies are expected to help support substantial battery storage capacity expansions this year.

4 July 2019 World

Gas squeezes out coal in Spain’s power mix

Gas has taken significant market share from coal in Spanish power generation in recent months as a result of lower LNG spot prices and relatively high prices for carbon allowances.

3 July 2019 Europe & Russia
Argentine electricity workers fixing a generator in Buenos Aires during the blackout.

Argentina’s power sector lurches from crisis to crisis

Argentina will need significant investment in its electricity infrastructure to avoid a repeat of the blackout that hit the country in June.

3 July 2019 Americas

Chinese LNG plants cut prices in record numbers

Fifty-four Chinese liquefaction plants reduced their prices in June in response to falling prices at the country’s terminals.

2 July 2019 Asia Pacific
An E.On power station in Germany

Europe's gas-fired power gains as TTF prices hit record lows

European gas-fired power plants are looking increasingly profitable compared with coal alternatives as a result of low prices for gas and high prices for carbon allowances.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia
An EDF offshore wind turbine

France’s offshore wind boom offers hope for gas players

Increasing investor appetite for offshore wind, coupled with the phase-out of coal and retirement of older nuclear plants, could leave more room for gas in the French power mix.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia
Gas flow test offshore Mozambique

Sasol eyes pipeline from Rovuma to South Africa

Sasol needs to source new gas supplies for plants in South Africa, and a pipeline from Mozambique's Rovuma Basin could be its preferred way of doing so

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa
The Azito power plant in Ivory Coast

Gas to underpin new West Africa power plan

The masterplan makes a bet on tentative gas-fired projects that have yet to come online but could justify planned LNG supply capacity

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Blackouts set to continue on Yucatan peninsula

Gas shortages are causing blackouts in the Yucatan, and delays to pipeline projects mean the issues are likely to persist.

27 June 2019 Americas

Maghreb uptick boosts Africa-Europe pipeline flows

Significant week-on-week growth in volumes via the Maghreb-Europe pipeline led to an 8.3% rise in deliveries last week.

25 June 2019 Middle East & Africa

Gas may fill the gap as Europe’s coal and nuclear plants close

European gas-to-power production could receive a boost by the beginning of next decade from the closure of coal and nuclear power facilities.

20 June 2019 Europe & Russia
Miguel Arias Canete, right, discussing energy in the EU

EU nations show little appetite for energy savings

The lack of progress being made towards energy savings targets is jeopardising the EU’s ambition to reduce both energy consumption and dependence on imported gas.

20 June 2019 Europe & Russia

CEE pipeline construction continues amid delays

The construction of pipelines for diversifying supplies in Central and Eastern Europe is continuing while Gazprom carries out its South Stream Lite project.

20 June 2019 Europe & Russia
CNOOC Gas & Power Group's LNG-fired power plant in Guangdong province

Guangdong bets on gas to meet power demand

China’s most prosperous province has turned to gas-fired power to help it improve local air quality by cutting coal consumption while continuing to meet rising electricity demand.

20 June 2019 Asia Pacific
Mexican Energy Minister Rocio Nahle

Mexico’s new power plan to burden CFE with debt

The government’s proposed system for financing the expansion of generation infrastructure will not guarantee the most cost-efficient outcome.

20 June 2019 Americas
The Sutter power plant in California

Texas and California may face electricity generation challenges this summer

Low reserve margins and ramping issues may result in emergency alerts in Texas and storage withdrawals in California over the summer.

19 June 2019 Americas

North African pipeline gas exports down 41% from 2018

Pipeline gas exports to Europe from North Africa fell by 10% week on week last week, hitting their lowest level since March.

18 June 2019 Middle East & Africa
Argentine electricity workers working to fix a generator in Buenos Aires during a blackout. (PA)

Argentina’s blackout: a wake-up call

The power outage in Argentina over the weekend – the worst in its history – could be yet another sign of the need for urgent investment in the country’s ageing electricity infrastructure.

17 June 2019 Americas
Visit by Maros Sefcovic to Russia

Russia and Ukraine prepare for transit talks in September

A planned meeting between Russian and Ukrainian representatives in Brussels in mid-September may be the last chance for the European Commission to broker a long-term transit deal before the current agreement expires.

14 June 2019 Europe & Russia
Angola LNG

Angola to build new LNG facilities

Angola looks set to build new LNG infrastructure as part of a pact signed with a US private equity fund, yet it still has much to do to develop a domestic market for gas

13 June 2019 Middle East & Africa

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