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A coal power plant in Poland.

EU nations explore loopholes for coal-to-power

Some member states are looking to exploit gaps in the bloc’s revised electricity regulations that could enable them to subsidise coal-fired plants for many years to come.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
EU commissioner for climate and energy Miguel Arias Cañete

Gas industry holds breath on EU tax revision

The European Commission seems likely to propose amendments to the EU Energy Tax Directive, which could bring both good and bad news for the gas industry.

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Zandvliet CCGT plant in Antwerp.

Belgian capacity market takes major step forward

Belgium’s parliament has approved a subsidy scheme that could shore up investor confidence in new gas-fired power plants, but final approval by the European Commission remains a hurdle.

9 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Germany's Datteln coal power plant

Coal under pressure as EU carbon reforms bite

EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale.

4 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Austria's Haidach gas storage site

German transit tariffs threaten storage site

Germany’s plan to increase tariffs at its cross-border interconnection points risks disrupting gas trading in Central Europe and stranding the Haidach storage facility.

4 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Sarawak state legislative assembly building in Kuching.

Political uncertainty shrouds outlook for Malaysia

Oil and gas projects in Sarawak are being held up by the struggle between the regional and federal governments for control of the state's resources.

28 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Fiddler's Ferry coal power station in the UK.

EU power reforms signal less coal and more competition

The EU’s comprehensive electricity market reform addresses many but not all of the barriers to a better-functioning energy market.

27 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Harvesting corn for biogas in Germany.

EU nations show modest ambition on green gases

Member states have highlighted the potential for renewable gases in their 10-year energy and climate plans, but few have made ambitious commitments.

25 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A CBM project in China

China cuts red tape to spur CBM development

New streamlined procedures will make it easier for Chinese players to bring in foreign partners on domestic CBM projects.

21 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto

Resource nationalism thrives as Indonesia votes

President Joko Widodo looks likely to win next month's election, but resource nationalism will remain strong in Indonesia whoever wins the contest, threatening to drive away much-needed investment.

21 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
The Netherlands' Gate LNG terminal

EU nations see key role for gas amid growing imports

The 10-year energy plans submitted to the European Commission illustrate that many EU nations expect gas to play a key role in their energy mixes but that import dependence will grow.

20 March 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
A public hearing of the European Parliament's energy committee on the revised gas directive.

Revised EU Gas Directive on track for adoption this spring

The revised directive looks likely to be adopted before the European elections in May, having been backed by a majority of MEPs in a committee vote on Monday.

19 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A coal-fired power station in Germany.

Regulatory uncertainty clouds outlook for RWE’s power plants

The German company’s conventional power plant fleet is facing a challenging regulatory environment, but improved profit margins for gas-fired plants could boost earnings in the future.

15 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan prepares for gas price hike

A major supply shortage over the winter has convinced Pakistan's government and industry of the need for LNG despite its cost.

14 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
The Eemshaven coal power plant in the Netherlands.

Dutch climate policy worsens conditions for coal

The forced closure of the Hemweg coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands may be a signal coal will be phased out of the country’s electricity mix earlier than anticipated.

14 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Drilling in the Ebouri field off Gabon.

Gabon aims for gas to rescue petroleum sector

The country has revised its petroleum code in an effort to lure IOCs back to its waters, but a lack of export regulations leaves uncertainty as to where extra supplies would go.

14 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
A compressor station at Mallnow.

Mallnow case shows EU gas market integration needs more time

Shippers may have to wait until August before they can book bundled capacity on the Mallnow interconnection point as market integration is being held back by a dispute over which platform to use.

12 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
An ENN Energy LNG refilling station in Jiangsu province

China’s Hainan pushes NGVs and EVs with new plan

The island province will ban oil-fuelled vehicles by 2030 under its new development plan, creating an opportunity for gas.

11 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Sonatrach gas tanks

Algerian protests threaten energy reforms

Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.

7 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
TAP construction in Greece, September 2017

Candidates line up for EU’s fourth gas priority list

The race is on for gas projects that want to be included in the European Commission’s fourth list of Projects of Common Interest.

7 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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