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A meeting on Ukraine-Russia gas transit in September 2019.

Swaps remain option to settle Ukraine transit dispute

Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom may resort to a gas swap deal to ensure transit of Russian gas via Ukraine this winter.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Bolivain presidential candidate Carlos Mesa

Bolivia counts cost of growing gas competition

The presidential candidates have offered few proposals as to how they might reverse falling domestic gas production or deal with Argentina and Brazil’s declining reliance on Bolivian exports.

24 October 2019 Americas / LNG
Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt.

Chile eyes more renewables and less coal

The host of the COP25 summit is betting on expanding renewables and phasing out coal in power generation, a move that could make more room for gas-to-power.

23 October 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
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 / Policy & Regulation
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 / Policy & Regulation
HQ of the European Investment Bank.

EU divided on future EIB lending to gas projects

Member states will try for a third time in November to reach consensus on the European Investment Bank's contentious new energy lending policy.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
EC VP for energy union Maros Sefcovic with Ukraine energy minister Oleksiy Orzhel

Europe’s gas importers brace for winter of uncertainty

Europe has plenty of gas in storage, but a cold spell coupled with disruptions to Russian supplies transiting Ukraine could lead to winter shortages, particularly in southeastern Europe.

16 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
The chair of Poland's Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Revised law may boost Polish coal production

The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas.

15 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden

Sweden’s LNG rejection signals protectionist energy policy

Sweden has refused to open up its gas market to increased competition through LNG supplies in an apparent contradiction of EU gas market objectives.

11 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
The Castelnou Energia gas-fired power plant in Spain

Spanish energy reform puts role of gas at risk

The proposed cuts to fixed revenues from transmission and distribution tariffs may hamper investments in gas networks and renewable gases.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
RWE trading floor in Germany

Europe’s gas markets continue steps towards maturity

Gas markets in Europe are becoming more competitive and resilient to supply shocks, but the vast regional differences will not be easily ironed out.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A coal power plant in the US.

Oldest US carbon market may double in size with new members

Cap-and-trade looks set to take a big step forward in the land of its birth, which should benefit gas and renewables over coal.

9 October 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation
A cooling tower at the EDF power station in West Burton in the UK

EU carbon prices see sell-off on economic woes

EU carbon allowances have traded lower recently, with fears over a global recession and a hard Brexit weighing on prices.

7 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Kadri Simson

Simson dodges questions on EU gas security

The candidate to be the new EU energy commissioner stressed the European Commission’s intention to support renewable gases but avoided questions on Russian gas dependence during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Eemshaven coal power station in the Netherlands

RWE carbon pledge confirms power shake-up

The announcement that the company wants to be climate-neutral in 20 years may be dismissed as a gimmick by some, but it signals Europe’s energy transition is well under way.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A hydrogen bus at a bus stop in China.

Clean hydrogen in China’s sights as interest rises

Momentum behind hydrogen is growing in China as Beijing believes it can complement renewables in power and all-electric vehicles in transport, while helping to decarbonise the economy.

3 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels
An FPSO naming ceremony in China.

Sales tax ups ante in Malaysian resources battle

The intensifying political struggle over hydrocarbons in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak is denting investor confidence in the region.

3 October 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production
An oil platform offshore Angola

Angolan gas blocks set for bid round

The country’s latest licensing round will include non-associated gas-prone blocks for the first time.

2 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Turkey's Yavuz drillship at a Turkish port in Kocaeli province.

Ankara mulls new moves after Eni-Total deal in Cyprus

Tensions in Cyprus are set to rise following Turkey’s angry reaction to the signing of an exploration agreement for disputed waters off the southern coast of the island.

1 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
The Litoral de Almeria coal-fired power plant. (Endesa)

Low profits for Spanish coal plants may accelerate phase-out

Endesa’s sudden decision to close two of its coal-fired power plants may boost gas in Spain’s power mix and hasten the end of coal-burning.

30 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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