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EU gas imports up 20% in Q2

Declines in domestic production, low spot prices and the possibility of a disruption to gas transit through Ukraine saw the EU’s gas imports increase in Q2 2019.

4 October 2019 Europe & Russia
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (left) with the French president in Paris. (PA)

Ireland-France power link brings both risks and rewards

The Celtic Interconnector may reduce Ireland’s reliance on gas-fired power, but it will expose the Irish market to periods of supply shortages on the continent.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia
The Independence FSRU arriving in Lithuania

Finland-Estonia link boosts Paldiski FSRU plans

Estonia is re-joining the race to become a regional LNG hub in the Baltic as the lease on a nearby FSRU is set to expire and the country’s interconnector with Finland nears completion.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia
The Ras Laffan LNG plant in Qatar

Gulf energy sector faces renewed vulnerability

The attacks on Saudi energy installations last month has highlighted the increasingly gas-hungry region’s susceptibility to a deteriorating security climate.

3 October 2019 Middle East & Africa

Japanese LNG imports decline in August

The country imported 6.1 mt of the fuel over the month, with volumes down by 19.5% despite low spot prices.

2 October 2019 Asia Pacific
South Stream construction in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s gas hub plans advance despite delays

The Black Sea gas hub could begin operating by the end of 2021 as major infrastructure projects in the region seem to be moving forward.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia
A drillship in the Leviathan field

Israel's export hopes face new obstacles

The partners behind the offshore Leviathan gas field development must overcome concerns over security and demand before gas sales to Egypt get under way.

26 September 2019 Middle East & Africa
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
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
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

CNOOC’s Tianjin terminal hits nine-month high

The Chinese LNG facility sent out more truckloads of LNG last week than it has in the past nine months.

19 September 2019 Asia Pacific
Taq Taq field in Iraq

Iraq ponders gas options amid US pressure

As regional tensions mount, Iraq faces a battle to protect its import agreement with Iran as domestic gas demand keeps rising.

19 September 2019 Middle East & Africa
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
Photo showing damaged Saudi oil infrastructure

Saudi drone attacks deliver oil supply shock

The position of Saudi Arabia as a reliable supplier is at stake as the kingdom’s oil and gas infrastructure becomes more vulnerable to sabotage.

16 September 2019 Middle East & Africa
Ex Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih

Saudi’s gas future unclear after Falih sacking

The ousting of Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has raised serious questions about the future some of his pet projects

12 September 2019 Middle East & Africa
A tanker at the Incheon LNG terminal

Kogas forges closer LNG ties with Gazprom

South Korea and Russia are developing a partnership in the LNG sector ahead of rising regional demand in Asia on the back of coal-to-gas switching.

12 September 2019 Asia Pacific

North African pipeline exports to Europe down 37% year on year

Exports via the pipelines linking Europe with North Africa dropped on a weekly and annual basis last week.

11 September 2019 Middle East & Africa

Asian spot LNG prices fall as summer draws to close

Power sector gas use is set to fall as Northeast Asia nears the end of the summer cooling season.

10 September 2019 Asia Pacific
An illuminated LNG tanker

PetroChina flags LNG trading ambitions in Pakistan tender

PetroChina’s involvement shows how Chinese gas companies are expanding their roles as LNG traders by engaging in transactions in Asia.

9 September 2019 Asia Pacific

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