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Pipelines, Storage & Power

South African Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Coal to limit South Africa’s gas ambitions

The finished version of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan will see coal continue to dominate the national power sector.

24 October 2019 Middle East & Africa

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
The Golar Arctic FSU in Jamaica 2016

Small users prop up Latin America’s LNG demand

Imported LNG will make further inroads in Latin America and the Caribbean as the region’s small buyers diversify their power mixes away from hydro, oil and oil products.

23 October 2019 Americas
The Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel.

Ukraine mulls reviving LNG terminal project

Kiev needs to overcome geopolitical hurdles preventing LNG from reaching its Black Sea shores by reaching an agreement with Turkey over its exclusive economic zone.

22 October 2019 Europe & Russia

Africa-Europe pipeline gas flows down 2.8% week on week

European imports of North African pipeline gas fell in Week 42 for the first time since the start of October.

22 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
CNOOC's Tianjin LNG terminal.

Anticipation builds for unveiling of China pipeline company

An announcement on the company’s formation is expected imminently as policymakers seek to get the process moving before the winter heating season.

18 October 2019 Asia Pacific
The Swinoujscie LNG terminal.

Poland-Ukraine capacity increase dampens new pipeline prospects

The chances of a new gas connection being built between Poland and Ukraine may fade as the transmission capacity on the existing interconnector will be bolstered from 2021.

18 October 2019 Europe & Russia
Street protests in Iraq.

Baghdad wins fresh gas import sanctions waiver

The US has decided to allow Iraq to buy gas from Iran for a further four months, ensuring vital supplies to the Iraqi electricity sector.

18 October 2019 Middle East & Africa
A gas-fired power plant in Myanmar.

Myanmar awards LNG-to-power projects amid tight deadline

The H1 2020 date set for VPower Group to bring the facilities online seems unrealistic, with the deadline having scared away more-established bidders.

17 October 2019 Asia Pacific

Africa-Europe pipeline gas flows up 5.9% week on week

European imports of North African pipeline gas have been rising since the start of October and hit 514 MMcm last week.

15 October 2019 Middle East & Africa

South Korea’s LNG imports down in September

Volumes imported by the country fell by 24.8% year on year last month, in line with the declining trend seen in previous months.

14 October 2019 Asia Pacific

Taiwan boosts LNG imports in September

Taiwan imported 1.37 mt of the fuel last month, and its energy transition is expected to drive further growth in demand for the fuel in the coming years.

11 October 2019 Asia Pacific
Construction of the TurkStream pipeline

Ukraine eyes Caspian gas amid transit talks

Ukraine wants to import gas from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan through Gazprom-owned infrastructure, and may use the ongoing transit negotiations as an opportunity to pressure Gazprom into accepting this.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia

Chinese ex-works LNG prices fall as plants seek to reduce stockpiles

The price of ex-works LNG in China fell by 4% in September as plants cut their prices to reduce stockpiles.

9 October 2019 Asia Pacific

Spanish imports boost North African pipeline flows

North African pipeline gas exports to Europe increased for a second consecutive week last week as a large increase in flows to Spain offset a decline in supplies to Italy.

8 October 2019 Middle East & Africa

Gas gains EU power market share in Q2

Lower prices for gas versus coal and higher prices for EU carbon allowances helped gas gain market share in the European power mix over the second quarter of this year.

7 October 2019 Europe & Russia

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

North African pipeline flows to Europe rise by 5.2%

Exports to Europe increased last week on three of the four major North African pipelines.

1 October 2019 Middle East & Africa

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