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China LNG terminal

US-China deal eases tensions but offers little for LNG

The new trade agreement is a step forward but does not fully resolve the problems between Washington and Beijing – and China’s 25% import tariff on LNG remains in place.

Yesterday Asia Pacific / LNG

Germany’s lignite phase-out in figures

Germany plans to take around 8.5 GW of lignite power plants offline by 2030, according to a timeline published last week.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
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.

4 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Brigg gas-fired power station, UK

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.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Kozienice Power Plant, Poland

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.

5 days ago Europe & Russia / 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.

5 days ago Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
A wind farm in Spain.

Spain set to boost climate ambition with ‘green’ coalition

An accelerated phase-out of coal and nuclear will boost the share of gas in Spain’s power mix by 2025, although competition from renewables will be fierce.

6 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
PetroChina drilling pads.

China opens up energy market to spur greater production

China’s announcement that it will open up exploration and production to foreign players should boost production from its upstream sector, but only in the longer term.

13 January 2020 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the European Parliament.

EU enters key year for ambitious climate policy

The EU institutions pressed through a number of law changes to energy and climate policies in 2019, but plenty of work remains to accelerate the bloc’s climate ambitions.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
CGI image of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, UK

EU green investment rules a challenge for nuclear

The new standards seem set to make it increasingly challenging to finance new nuclear developments, handing gas and renewables a competitive advantage.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A PetroChina piepline

China’s Hebei joins up pipelines to boost demand

Hebei, one of China’s most polluted provinces, wants to boost gas demand by linking up a fragmented pipeline network under the wing of one central distribution company.

9 January 2020 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko (left) and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Gazprom eyes EU market share after Ukraine deal

The 11th-hour agreement on transit via the Ukrainian route may open the door for Gazprom to increase its market share in the EU despite the current LNG glut.

7 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

East Med power struggle in figures

Recent events indicate plans for an East Mediterranean gas pipeline will struggle for momentum as long as power politics holds sway in the region.

20 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Officials at teh COP 25 climate change conference in Madrid last week

COP talks fail, but carbon linking set to continue

Many countries will plough ahead with their own plans for multilateral carbon markets after UN talks on a set of overarching rules failed yet again.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Frans Timmermans and Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament

Realpolitik beats path for gas in EU green deal

The European Commission’s ambition to increase 2030 CO2 reduction targets will be welcomed by the gas and nuclear industries, but support from member states will not come easy.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Turkey's Erdogan meeting Libya's al-Sarraj

Turkish policies frustrate East Mediterranean gas plans

A new pact between Turkey and Libya will complicate efforts by other resource holders to cooperate on regional energy projects.

19 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Wang Shouwen

US-China trade truce offers little to LNG exporters for now

LNG does not appear to have been included upfront in the ‘phase one’ trade accord between the US and China, meaning there will be no immediate respite for American exporters and project developers.

16 December 2019 Asia Pacific / LNG
Power generation investment in EU countries in 2018

Gas eyes role in EU green investment standards

A preliminary EU agreement has opened the way for gas projects to be classified as green investments, which would be a boost for investor confidence in the sector.

12 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
EC President Ursula von der Leyen

EU climate roadmap signals boost for renewables and gas

The European Commission's plans to revamp its climate policy framework look set to boost renewables and perhaps allow gas to defend its market share over the next decade.

11 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Poland sees higher price in power auction

The closing price in Poland’s most-recent capacity payment auction came out higher than it has done in previous years.

11 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

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