Peter Stewart

Chief energy analyst

Prior to joining Interfax, Peter worked for five years as Principal Consultant at KBC Energy Economics, where he was chief economist and led the group's market analysis team. He is currently involved in econometric research at Surrey University on the subject of oil and gas pricing benchmarks, building on his 20 years of experience with the Price Reporting Agency (PRA) Platts. He worked at Platts for 15 years in a number of different roles, including Director of Markets and Pricing, in which role he was responsible for Platts global assessment processes for all commodities.

Forest fire

Wildfires intensify scrutiny of Australian energy mix

Australia’s wildfires have provoked calls for a cleaner energy mix, but supply constraints make it unlikely this will substantially boost gas.

2 days ago Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Xi Jinping and Donald Trump

US may seek China’s help to ease Mideast tensions

The initial trade deal between Washington and Beijing may not be a victory for the US, but it could help defuse tensions in the Middle East as Donald Trump searches for a pre-election success story.

3 days ago World / Global Markets
Gas storage and transit point outside Kiev.

Storage is key as Russia-Ukraine talks progress

Ukraine and Gazprom hold ample stocks of gas that should avert a crisis if transit talks were to break down ahead of the peak winter demand period.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Horn River shale

Shakeout on the cards for US shale

A wave of consolidation is underway among smaller US shale producers as companies struggle with mounting debts.

18 December 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Hydrogen fuel cell technology in a Hyundai car.

Hydrogen: A burning need

European energy companies are coming under increasing pressure to add hydrogen to grids carrying natural gas as part of efforts to decarbonise the gas system.

22 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Japan performs methane hydrate test

Methane rules could become block to US LNG

Tougher regulations on methane emissions being pushed by environmental groups in Europe could become a barrier to the Transatlantic LNG trade.

20 November 2019 Americas / LNG
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.

17 October 2019 World / Supply & Demand
RWE trading floor

US exchange launches first physical delivery LNG contract

Most new futures contracts fail, but the CME Group’s proposed US LNG export futures contract may be an exception.

25 September 2019 World / LNG
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Saudi attacks will embed risk premium

Attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia have resulted in a surge in oil prices, which will have a knock-on effect on LNG.

19 September 2019 World / Global Markets
A drilling rig in the Appalachian basin

EPA plan to roll back methane regulations sparks backlash

Critics of the plan believe that softer regulations for gas could damage its image as a climate-friendly fuel.

5 September 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
Ridley Island propane export terminal

Canadian NGLs boom as LNG faces headwinds

Canada is boosting its output of NGLs as domestic and export demand surges, but the country’s proposed LNG projects are seeing slow progress despite FID being taken for the LNG Canada development.

15 August 2019 Americas / LNG
An oil and gas worker.

Skills gap challenges oil and gas majors

Companies are finding it difficult to recruit high-powered graduates with the right skills to meet the challenges of the energy transition.

7 August 2019 World / Companies & Finance
The Elba Island LNG plant

More US LNG for Europe, but will it last?

EU countries received record levels of US LNG in March, but flows are likely to slow in the winter as the spread widens between Asian spot and European hub prices.

1 August 2019 Americas / LNG
The Freeport LNG plant

More US LNG projects hit commissioning stage

Three trains at three US LNG export projects have been commissioned in recent months, continuing the rise in the country's liquefaction capacity.

25 July 2019 Americas / LNG
Grangemouth refinery. (INEOS)

Oil-indexed gas pricing faces North Sea shake-up

Outages on the Forties Pipeline System can have a big impact on gas and LNG pricing because of its role in transporting a crude used in the Brent benchmark, pricing of which is also facing significant changes.

19 July 2019 World / Global Markets
RWE trading floor, Essen, Germany (RWE)

Diversification is key for LNG pricing

Liquidity in the LNG market is low compared with that in the oil market, but there are signs that pricing structures for LNG are becoming increasingly diverse.

20 June 2019 World / LNG
The Sutter power plant in California

Texas and California may face electricity generation challenges this summer

Low reserve margins and ramping issues may result in emergency alerts in Texas and storage withdrawals in California over the summer.

19 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An LNG carrier at night

LNG demand growth by 2025 may disappoint

Interfax Chief Energy Analyst Peter Stewart spoke about LNG demand growth in Asia and the impact of Asian demand on European supply at Flame on Monday. Interfax was a Bronze sponsor of the conference.

15 May 2019 World / LNG
Bahia Blanca LNG terminal

Argentina’s LNG export dreams under pressure

The Latin American country is facing up to the cold, hard light of reality regarding its ambition to become an LNG exporter.

17 April 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Lignite Power Plant, Weisweiler, Germany. (RWE)

Gas set for tentative comeback in Germany

The country’s plans to phase out coal-fired power are set to benefit gas, as carbon prices have given the most-efficient gas plants higher profit margins.

3 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

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