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A protester looks at a police officer during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest outside the Bank of England in the City of London.

Key trends to watch during the 2019-2020 gas year

Global Gas Analytics lists the key factors it believes will shape gas and LNG fundamentals and prices in the year ahead.

Just now World

Russia tightens grip on Europe’s coal market

Lower shipping rates and a relatively weak ruble allowed Russia to strengthen its position as Europe’s main coal supplier in Q2.

6 days ago Europe & Russia
Bugey nuclear power plant, France.

France’s nuclear challenge

Problems affecting French nuclear reactors hit European gas and power prices last month. As France is a major regional electricity exporter, the future of its nuclear output will have an impact on Europe’s power balance.

8 October 2019 Europe & Russia
A hydrogen bus at a bus stop in China.

Clean hydrogen in China’s sights as interest rises

Momentum behind hydrogen is growing in China as Beijing believes it can complement renewables in power and all-electric vehicles in transport, while helping to decarbonise the economy.

3 October 2019 Asia Pacific
The Litoral de Almeria coal-fired power plant. (Endesa)

Low profits for Spanish coal plants may accelerate phase-out

Endesa’s sudden decision to close two of its coal-fired power plants may boost gas in Spain’s power mix and hasten the end of coal-burning.

30 September 2019 Europe & Russia
The Hinkley C nuclear power plant

Nuclear worries boost UK outlook for gas-to-power

The challenges facing the UK’s nuclear industry mean gas looks well-placed to defend or increase its market share and play a back-up role for renewables over the next decade.

27 September 2019 Europe & Russia
Hungarian President Janos Ader

Hungary’s 2030 pledge to end coal likely to be too optimistic

Gas is in a good position to squeeze coal in Hungary’s power mix from 2020, but the country is unlikely to completely phase coal out by 2030 despite recent pledges.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia
A drilling rig in the Cooper Basin

Australia steps up Asian hydrogen push

Australia’s potential for large-scale hydrogen production and distribution is garnering increasing attention and investment.

26 September 2019 Asia Pacific
The Staudinger black coal power plant in Grosskrotzenburg in Germany

Europe’s retreat from coal forces shifts in seaborne trade

Lower demand for coal in Europe means major suppliers are shipping more to Asia instead, potentially keeping a lid on price gains in the short term.

24 September 2019 World
South Korea's Tongyeong LNG terminal

South Korean winter coal ban could boost spot LNG prices

A tentative proposal by South Korea to shutter many of its coal-fired power plants this winter could support Asian spot LNG prices during what is traditionally the region’s busiest season.

23 September 2019 Asia Pacific
Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi with the governor of Fukushima prefecture

Japan’s LNG outlook gets ministerial boost

The country's new environment minister has spoken out against the use of nuclear and coal-fired power generation, which could indicate more-rapid growth in the country’s LNG demand.

18 September 2019 Asia Pacific
Germany's Datteln coal-fired power plant

Europe sees steady decline in hard coal consumption

The fall seen in the past few years is partly the result of the expansion of renewables and a switch from coal to gas in power generation.

28 August 2019 Europe & Russia
A Wartsila liquid fuel power plant in Kenya

Cambodia pivots towards LNG-to-power

Drought caused outages in Cambodia's power system earlier this year, leading the country to step up its LNG-to-power plans.

22 August 2019 Asia Pacific

German utilities switch to gas in H1

Carbon prices and fuel costs have seen Germany’s power generators switching away from coal, H1 company results confirm.

19 August 2019 Europe & Russia
The Wolsong nuclear power plant in South Korea

Solar buildout bodes well for LNG in South Korea

The country's gas demand and LNG import needs continue to be uncertain, with volumes dependent on the expansion of renewable power capacity and, potentially, the price at which it can source gas.

14 August 2019 Asia Pacific
A PetroChina rig in the Tulia oilfield

China embraces reform to bolster energy security

China’s leadership is turning to sweeping reforms to spark a boom in domestic energy output as heightened tensions with the US force Beijing to consider its energy security.

8 August 2019 Asia Pacific
The headquarters of the European Investment Bank

EIB U-turn risks gas infrastructure investment

The EIB is taking steps to become a ‘climate bank’ – at the expense of gas projects. It intends to phase out loans to all fossil fuel developments from 2021.

8 August 2019 Europe & Russia

Losses deepen for UK coal-fired power

Higher prices for carbon and coal have seen renewable sources pushing coal out of the UK’s power mix.

22 July 2019 Europe & Russia

Belgium considers its options ahead of nuclear phase-out

The closure of nuclear reactors in Belgium presents an opportunity for gas to increase its market share, although capacity payments will be needed to trigger new investments.

19 July 2019 Europe & Russia
A Polish coal-fired power station

Poland eyes nuclear and renewables to shift away from coal

Poland has set out ambitious plans for investments in nuclear and renewables that could potentially limit the scope for gas to replace coal in its power sector.

18 July 2019 Europe & Russia

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