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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.

3 days ago Policy & Regulation
The new Romanian prime minister Ludovic Orban during a session in parliament in Bucharest

Romania shifts to gas amid surge in CO2 price

Gas-fired power is likely to make significant gains in Romania’s energy mix in the coming years, particularly if the regulatory burden on domestic gas production is lifted.

3 days ago Supply & Demand
A wind farm offshore UK/

EU regulations lag power-to-gas ambitions

Support for emerging power-to-gas technologies is missing from current EU legislation, but there are signs the regulatory framework is changing.

28 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
Minskaya compressor station on Yamal-Europe pipeline

Yamal expiry shows Poland’s push to lower prices

Poland is likely to continue importing gas from Russia from 2023, but new supply sources look set to force Gazprom to lower its prices.

28 November 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen

MEPs up pressure to phase out EU grants for gas

Conventional gas projects may struggle to get EU funding under the next Connecting Europe Facility period because of mounting pressure from the European Parliament to reform the EU’s priority list.

21 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
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 Policy & Regulation
The EIB building

EU vote narrows EIB gas lending to low-emission projects

The policy will effectively ban lending to unabated fossil gas projects by 2022 but could open doors for more investment in carbon-capture technologies and ‘green’ gases.

15 November 2019 Policy & Regulation

EIB energy lending in figures

The EIB has lent several billion euros to gas projects over the years, but this will stop by 2022.

15 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
Turkey's Yavuz drillship.

Positions hardening in Cyprus offshore drilling dispute

A meeting in Berlin on 25 November will aim to address the dispute over drilling offshore Cyprus, but the chances of a speedy resolution remain slim.

14 November 2019 Exploration & Production
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 Policy & Regulation
Protests at the EAGC conference

Gas industry at crossroads as protests escalate

Gas conferences in Europe are increasingly being targeted by activists, showing the industry must do better to communicate its climate objectives.

7 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
Saudi Arabian carbon capture and enhanced oil errecovery project

Coal faces crunch from spread of carbon pricing

Saudi Arabia’s plans to introduce a carbon market show carbon pricing is on a roll around the world, a trend that may threaten coal in the medium term and gas in the longer term.

7 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
A MOU signing ceremony for Northern Lights.

Next five years crucial for CCS development

Higher carbon prices and policy support may boost the prospects for the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage over the coming years.

6 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Barcelona LNG terminal.

Spain plans to create virtual LNG hub from 2020

The country will launch the new hub in in January in a move to tackle congestion at some LNG terminals and under-utilisation at others.

4 November 2019 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 Policy & Regulation
UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom walking to 10 Downing Street

UK subsidy scheme approval is good news for gas

The European Commission's state-aid approval for the British capacity mechanism is a relief for the gas-to-power industry and signals continuing EU support for such measures.

31 October 2019 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 Policy & Regulation
Cranes lifting pipes

EU includes 32 gas projects in draft priority list

The number of gas projects classed as PCIs by the EU looks set to fall as the shift in funding from gas to electricity continues.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president-elect

Carbon border tax could mean end to free EUAs

The combination of a carbon border tax and the end of free allocation of EUAs for European industries would be a supportive policy for renewables and gas.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation

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