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Datteln 4 coal power plant

Germany’s lignite phase-out begins to take shape

Germany has provided more clarity on the phase-out of its lignite power plants by unveiling a timetable for decommissioning, but the level of ambition is falling short of expectations.

2 days ago Policy & Regulation / Europe & Russia

Qatar-Kuwait deal sets tone for Gulf cooperation

The 15-year LNG supply deal between Qatar and Kuwait could in time lay the foundation for a Gulf Cooperation Council integrated gas market, centred around expanding Qatari supply in the region.

EU carbon under pressure as UK auctions resume

The optimism in the EU carbon market seen in 2018 and early 2019 has given way in the face of coal-to-gas fuel switching, the comeback of UK capacity auctions and a continuing weak outlook for gas prices.

EU transition fund puts further pressure on coal

The EU’s Just Transition Fund aims to speed up the bloc’s energy transition – in particular via coal-decommissioning – by supporting the regions hardest hit by the change.

Baltic Sea markets move towards integration

The Balticconnector ends Finland’s isolation from EU markets but will do little to ease the region’s dependence on Russian gas until the Poland-Lithuanian interconnector comes online.

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Los Origenes gas power plant, San Pedro, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic looks to US LNG for power boost

A new pipeline and second LNG storage tank will boost gas-to-power demand in the Dominican Republic and open the way for more imports from the US.

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Markets & Forecasts

US LNG tanker loading at Sabine Pass.

LNG trade takes a hit as Gulf tensions rise

LNG suppliers are taking a cautious approach to exports via chokepoints in the Middle East, but further escalation in geopolitical tensions could significantly hit trade.

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Policy & Regulation

CNPC's WEP 2 pipeline

CNPC pipeline concession brings SNG to Zhejiang

China National Petroleum Corp. is preparing for life after midstream liberation by allowing outsider Zhejiang Energy to transport SNG on its pipeline network this winter.

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Market Drivers

Nigeria LNG

Nigeria LNG expansion – an FID with caution

An FID on the NLNG expansion project marks a key milestone in Nigeria’s ambition to boost LNG exports, but market-related and financing hurdles remain.

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Power & Renewables

German spark spreads improve year on year

Profit margins for German gas-fired power plants improved in 2019 compared with the previous year, while margins for coal-fired plants declined.

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