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The Datang Fuxin CTG plant

Chinese SNG struggles with shaky fundamentals

China’s first coal-to-SNG projects have run up deep losses since they started coming online six years ago, which is likely to dim long-term prospects for the technology.

24 January 2019 Exploration & Production
A tanker at the PNG LNG plant.

PNG seeks more benefits from LNG

New legislation looks set to force IOCs in Papua New Guinea to provide improved benefits from LNG projects in the country.

24 January 2019 LNG
An FPSO being build at South Korea's DSME shipyard

South Korea WTO claim could raise carrier costs

Japan is challenging South Korea's support of its major shipyards, which could increase the cost of building LNG carriers.

24 January 2019 LNG
Australia's Darwin LNG plant

Australian gas sector backs carbon trading

Concerns that a change in government could result in higher costs have prompted Australian gas companies to get behind carbon trading.

9 January 2019 Policy & Regulation
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina casts vote in 2018 election.

Bangladesh election signals support for gas sector

The return to power of Sheikh Hasina will provide continuity for the energy sector and support for the country’s LNG import projects.

4 January 2019 LNG
The Yadana platform off Myanmar (Total)

Myanmar reforms regulatory regime ahead of upstream offering

The country is making changes to its fiscal and regulatory terms in a move to attract more foreign players to its upstream sector.

2 January 2019 Exploration & Production

Bangladesh struggling under subsidy burden – World Bank

Gas subsidies are putting a huge burden on Bangladesh’s finances, a report from the World Bank has concluded.

21 December 2018 Policy & Regulation

Shell calls for Malampaya tax case verdict within six months

Shell Philippines Exploration is looking for a verdict on its PHP 53 billion tax case relating to production from the Malampaya field within the next six months

21 December 2018 Policy & Regulation
An Australian gas storage facility

Tougher reporting rules on the cards for Aussie gas sector

Regulators look set to impose a raft of new obligations from next year in an attempt to improve the transparency of Australia's eastern gas market.

21 December 2018 Policy & Regulation
Petronas’s PFLNG facility off the coast of Sarawak. (Petronas)

Sarawak’s proposed sales tax is a bitter pill for IOCs

The Sarawak state government’s proposed sales tax risks deterring potential developers.

20 December 2018 Exploration & Production

Lack of investment puts Australia’s east coast gas market at risk

Australian gas suppliers are delaying investment in exploration needed to stave off longer-term concerns about prices in the country’s east coast gas market, the ACCC has said.

19 December 2018 Exploration & Production

China and Japan agree to restart talks on East China Sea development

China and Japan plan to discuss resuming long-stalled talks on the joint development of a disputed gas field in the East China Sea.

18 December 2018 Exploration & Production
The Map Ta Phut LNG terminal in Thailand

Thailand commits to gas in latest power plan

Opposition to coal in Thailand has caused the country’s energy ministry to prioritise gas and renewables.

18 December 2018 Policy & Regulation

India set to hike pipeline tariffs later this month

India is set to increase its gas pipeline tariffs later this month, which will impact the affordability of city gas projects and CNG, local media has reported.

17 December 2018 Policy & Regulation

Pakistan's gas distribution companies face wrath of Khan

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended the directors of SNGP and SSGC in response to gas shortages

14 December 2018 Policy & Regulation
Leaders at the G20 summit in Argentina

US-China thaw offers moment of calm for LNG sector

The recent easing of US-China trade tensions will calm the LNG industry for now, but how long the truce will last remains to be seen.

14 December 2018 LNG

Pakistan working to solve supply problems

The government of Pakistan is striving to address the issue of low gas pressure faced by consumers in parts of the country

12 December 2018 Policy & Regulation

CNOOC steps up pipeline construction ahead of reforms

CNOOC has stepped up pipeline construction this year in anticipation of reforms that will include the creation of a national pipeline company

10 December 2018 Policy & Regulation
A Chinese gas-fired power plant.

Pressures mount for China’s top gas power markets

China’s biggest markets for gas-fired power are coming under increasing pressure from higher fuel prices and lower rates for electricity output.

10 December 2018 Policy & Regulation
Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysian prime minister

Government squeeze raises risk for Petronas

A special one-off payout and uncertainty around the state’s future dividend policy could weaken the NOC’s financial profile.

10 December 2018 Policy & Regulation

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