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Smog in Beijing.

China’s NOCs spearhead change needed for global energy transition

Climate and environmental initiatives have sent the pendulum swinging towards decarbonisation, forcing state energy players to prepare for a lower-emission future.

1 hour ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
The Altomonte CCGT facility in Italy.

Italy gets tough on coal-to-power subsidies

Italy’s revised capacity market will bar coal-fired power plants from auctions starting this year, while new or heavily refurbished gas-fired plants can bid for contracts with a duration of up to 15 years.

3 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Senegalese President Macky Sall at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018.

BP deal probe casts cloud over Senegal

The investigation is unlikely to yield prosecutions but does raise questions over the country’s supposedly clean petroleum sector and could delay a planned licensing round.

4 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation

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.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
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.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
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.

5 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Former Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan

Jailing of ex-Pertamina boss shocks industry

Karen Agustiawan's conviction for corruption threatens to undermine Pertamina's chances of reviving Indonesia’s struggling oil and gas sector.

5 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Protesters unveil a banner calling for a halt to construction of a coal-fired power plant in Central Java.

Coal facing financing crunch in Southeast Asia

Major financiers are beginning to think twice about financing coal-fired power projects in the region, with governments looking to gas and renewables instead.

13 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
An offshore wind farm near Copenhagen.

Headwinds for EU renewables growth as subsidies fall

A recent report by the EU Court of Auditors – the guardian of the EU budget – has cast further doubts over the EU’s prospects for meeting its 2020 and 2030 renewable targets.

12 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Kogas's Incheon LNG terminal.

Kogas accelerates roll-out of LNG-produced hydrogen

The LNG importer is pushing ahead with efforts to produce and import hydrogen as part of South Korea’s long-term plan to transition away from nuclear and coal and become a fully-fledged hydrogen economy.

10 June 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Decommissioning work at Germany's Biblis nuclear power plant.

EU power: from overcapacity to scarcity?

Europe has plenty of power generation capacity, but the phase-out of coal and nuclear plants could lead to electricity shortages by 2022.

7 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The USS John McCain off the coast of Singapore in 2017.

China turns to alternatives as US trade spat escalates

Energy security has jumped to the top of the political agenda in Beijing as China prepares for an escalation of its trade spat with the US.

3 June 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Power lines in Lithuania

Lithuania state aid case casts doubt over power subsidies

The European Commission’s investigation into Lithuania’s strategic reserve may indicate that EU member states will find it harder to subsidise their power sectors in future.

3 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Baumgarten gas hub in Austria

Grid congestion persists on EU borders

Despite progress on market reforms, TSOs are still not offering enough capacity to meet demand on some European border points.

30 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on stage after his election victory.

Aussie poll result a double-edged sword for LNG

The Labor Party’s hopes of forming a government were dashed over the weekend when voters shied away from policies that proposed putting climate change at the top of the political agenda.

23 May 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
A Green EU flag in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Greens eye more influence over EU energy policy

Securing EU funding for gas infrastructure is getting harder, and the rise in popularity of the European Green Party will do little to reverse that.

23 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A Pemex rig in Campeche Sound

Mexican government makes call for private cash for E&P

Greater private investment is seen as necessary for Mexico to meet its targets for boosting domestic gas production.

23 May 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
A Naturgy gas-fired power plant

Spain continues clampdown on energy market abuse

The Spanish regulator has again fined energy companies for market rigging, this time invoking national legislation and levying fairly substantial fines.

21 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 project. (Gazprom)

EC presses on with overhaul of Energy Charter Treaty

The European Commission wants to push through changes to the Energy Charter Treaty, but it will need support from EU member states as well as non-EU countries to get its way.

17 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
ENN's Zhoushan terminal in China

Tariff hike leaves US-China LNG trade dead in the water

With no end to the US-China trade talks in sight, American access to the fastest-growing major LNG market will be curtailed for the foreseeable future.

16 May 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG

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