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Andreas Walstad

Acting managing editor

Andreas Walstad has a wide knowledge of the European energy industry. As the London Bureau Chief at Montel he wrote and edited market commentaries and analytical features across the commodity sector, including gas, oil, coal, power and the carbon markets. This added to the experience he gained covering the European energy markets as an Associate Editor at Platts. Andreas specialises in the UK and northwest European gas markets.

EC President Ursula von der Leyen

EU climate roadmap signals boost for renewables and gas

The European Commission's plans to revamp its climate policy framework look set to boost renewables and perhaps allow gas to defend its market share over the next decade.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

UK LNG imports see sharp rise in September

Volumes entering the country increased significantly in September after falling to record lows in August, recent UK data shows.

6 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Staudinger coal power plant near Frankfurt

EU BREF regulation adds to grim outlook for coal

Tougher EU regulations on airborne emissions will exacerbate the impact of higher CO2 prices and may lead to more closures of coal-fired power plants across Europe.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

German coal and gas plants see lower profits in November

Profit margins for coal- and gas-fired power generators in Germany came under pressure in November amid declining month-ahead power prices.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

North African pipeline flows to Europe broadly stable in Week 48

Volumes along the four connections linking North Africa to Spain and Italy saw little change last week compared with the previous week.

3 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Coal shipments to Europe’s power plants decline

Deliveries of lignite and hard coal to power plants across Europe fell in H1 2019 compared with H1 2018 as renewables and gas displaced coal in the power mix.

29 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
A gas-metering station on the Russian-Ukrainian border

Latest twist offers hope in Russia-Ukraine talks

Recent signals from Kiev offer a glimmer of hope that Russia and Ukraine might find a compromise for gas transits through the Ukrainian route this winter.

28 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Meeting on Russian gas transit via Ukraine.

EU solidarity law may be tested if Ukraine-Russia transit talks falter

The EU’s revised solidarity law for gas may be put to the test for the first time this winter if there is no breakthrough in the negotiations and supplies to Europe are disrupted.

20 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Gas leads energy demand growth in 2018

More than 45% of the growth in the world's energy demand was met by gas in 2018, the International Energy Agency noted in its latest World Energy Outlook, released on Wednesday.

13 November 2019 World / Supply & Demand
A gas power plant in India

Gas and renewables set for growth amid rising demand

The IEA’s 2019 World Energy Outlook appears to throw weight behind the view that rising global energy demand will be met mostly by a combination of renewables and gas in the longer term.

13 November 2019 World / Policy & Regulation
The Datteln 4 coal power plant, Germany

Counting the cost of Europe’s capacity payments

European countries are increasingly paying out subsidies to conventional power plants, including in nations where supply shortages do not look likely to be an issue in the short or medium term.

12 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

UK halts fracking despite falling gas production

The UK government has pressed pause on fracking for shale gas in England, a move that seems likely to a support growing dependence on imported LNG.

4 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production

UK LNG imports fall to record lows in August

The UK’s imports of the fuel hit their lowest since 2008 this August, with Algeria being the only supplier over the month, fresh data from the UK government shows.

1 November 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
A pipelaying vessel in the Baltic Sea.

Danish approval does not solve all worries for Nord Stream 2

The pipeline now looks set to be completed in H1 2020, but it is not clear how much gas will start flowing before the ECJ rules on Gazprom’s call to annul the revised EU Gas Directive.

31 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Trilateral gas talk meeting on Ukraine transit

Stockholm verdict blocks progress on Ukraine-Russia transit talks

A long-term deal between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit now seems to hinge on an out-of-court settlement for the $2.56 billion penalty against Gazprom ordered by a Stockholm tribunal last year.

29 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

European coal plants see improved profit margins in October

Higher prices for front-month power contracts and relatively low coal prices have resulted in better profit margins for coal-fired generators this month.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

EU gas demand shows signs of recovery

Gas demand across the 28 EU member states recovered in the first half of 2019 after a year-on-year decline in 2018.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
EC VP for energy union Maros Sefcovic with Ukraine energy minister Oleksiy Orzhel

Europe’s gas importers brace for winter of uncertainty

Europe has plenty of gas in storage, but a cold spell coupled with disruptions to Russian supplies transiting Ukraine could lead to winter shortages, particularly in southeastern Europe.

16 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

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.

11 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
RWE trading floor in Germany

Europe’s gas markets continue steps towards maturity

Gas markets in Europe are becoming more competitive and resilient to supply shocks, but the vast regional differences will not be easily ironed out.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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