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Hungarian President Janos Ader

Hungary’s 2030 pledge to end coal likely to be too optimistic

Gas is in a good position to squeeze coal in Hungary’s power mix from 2020, but the country is unlikely to completely phase coal out by 2030 despite recent pledges.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A Ghanaian power station

Ghana looks to renegotiate IPP contracts

Ghana’s government is stepping in to renegotiate take-or-pay arrangements with independent gas-to-power producers, a move that faces strong opposition but could help speed up gasification of the economy.

26 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek coal shutdown requires radical rethink

Greece’s plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2028 will require major changes to the country’s generation mix, ostensibly with more reliance on renewables and gas.

25 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Staudinger black coal power plant in Grosskrotzenburg in Germany

Europe’s retreat from coal forces shifts in seaborne trade

Lower demand for coal in Europe means major suppliers are shipping more to Asia instead, potentially keeping a lid on price gains in the short term.

24 September 2019 World / Global Markets
The Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms

UK auction signals future boost to offshore wind

With the roll-out of offshore wind projects in the UK beating expectations, gas may face a challenge to its profitability in the long run.

23 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany

Germany may see race to end coal before 2038 deadline

The economics suggest Germany’s coal phase-out could be completed well in advance of 2038, with the first auction for government compensation expected in June next year.

12 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
CNOOC Gas & Power Group's LNG-fired power plant in Guangdong province

Power exchange no fix for Guangdong gas power

The commercial prospects of the gas-to-power sector in Guangdong province remain dim, nearly three years after local power producers were permitted to seek better prices for their output on a regional exchange.

12 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A Karadeniz powership

Ghana prepares to switch powership to gas

The 470 MW vessel has successfully been relocated to the country’s southwestern coast, but the switch from fuel oil to gas has been pushed back by a few weeks.

11 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Coal mining in Jharia, India

India – the challenge of rising power demand

India’s increasing demand for electricity will be met by greater levels of renewable output, but higher levels of coal-fired power generation will also be needed.

9 September 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Coal mining.

A clean lifeline for coal?

The coal sector is facing economic and environmental challenges that threaten future demand, but there is still room for growth in some markets.

5 September 2019 World / Supply & Demand
A power plant in Nigeria

Nigeria looks to reboot failing power sector

Nigeria’s federal government is turning to old methods to turn around its failing power market, but it will not get far without significant improvements in governance.

5 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
A wind farm in Germany.

Germany’s onshore wind decline opens door for gas

The declining rate of expansion in German wind farms seen in H1 may signal opportunities for gas to expand its share of the energy mix.

4 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Gas replaces nuclear in UK power mix in Q2

Gas-fired power generation helped replace lower output from nuclear plants in the UK in the second quarter of the year, government data shows.

30 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
The Hazira LNG terminal in Gujarat.

Gas faces uphill battle in Indian power sector

India appears to be favouring coal over gas as a partner to its expanding renewable energy capacity.

29 August 2019 Asia Pacific / Policy & Regulation
Germany's Datteln coal-fired power plant

Europe sees steady decline in hard coal consumption

The fall seen in the past few years is partly the result of the expansion of renewables and a switch from coal to gas in power generation.

28 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
The Drax power station in the UK

Brexit fears jitter EU carbon market

Prices for EU carbon allowances have fallen in recent weeks over fears of a hard Brexit and a global recession, but further gains are possible even if the UK drops out of the ETS.

23 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

German utilities switch to gas in H1

Carbon prices and fuel costs have seen Germany’s power generators switching away from coal, H1 company results confirm.

19 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
A coal power plant in Germany.

Uniper determined to complete Germany’s last new coal plant

The company’s commitment to commission Datteln 4 by next summer shows Germany’s coal phase-out will take time despite encouraging levels of fuel-switching from coal to gas in recent months.

16 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Peterhead gas-fired power plant in the UK

UK presses on with capacity auctions

The UK is planning to hold its next capacity auction for power generators in January 2020 in the hope that the suspension imposed by the EU Court of Justice will be lifted by then.

15 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
An artist's impression of operations at the Tortue field between Senegal and Mauritania

Senegal unveils tentative midstream plans

The government is pushing ahead with studies on national gas-to-power infrastructure despite fresh doubts over the finances of state power firm Senelec.

15 August 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power

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