Supply & Demand

Saudi Arabia’s power generation in figures

Saudi Arabia generates almost all its electricity from fossil fuels, including gas, but the kingdom has outlined ambitious plans for solar and wind generation.

6 December 2019 Middle East & Africa
Inpex's Ichthys LNG facility

Potential for six new trains at Darwin LNG

With strong government backing, Australia is moving swiftly to maximise a narrow window to expand LNG exports ahead of a wave of low-priced LNG from the US and other regions.

5 December 2019 Asia Pacific

German coal and gas plants see lower profits in November

Profit margins for coal- and gas-fired power generators in Germany came under pressure in November amid declining month-ahead power prices.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia
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.

5 December 2019 Europe & Russia
A field of solar photo-voltaic panels that form part of a solar park in Dubai, UAE

Middle East gas-to-power growth trumps renewables

Countries in the region are outbidding each other with ambitious renewables targets, but it is gas-to-power that is making the difference on the ground.

5 December 2019 Middle East & Africa
Cermony marking the start of Russian gas supplies to China on Powr of Siberia pipeline

Ample supply to keep China LNG prices in check

A repeat of the LNG price volatility seen two years ago is not expected as China looks well supplied to meet domestic demand this winter.

5 December 2019 Asia Pacific
The Zhoushan LNG terminal in China.

Chinese LNG demand growth no longer a safe bet

The outlook for China’s LNG imports has changed dramatically over the past year, and continued growth is not a foregone conclusion.

4 December 2019 Asia Pacific

Egypt’s gas imports from Israel in figures

Egypt is due to start importing gas from Israel’s Leviathan field in January next year and will gradually increase the volumes it receives.

4 December 2019 Middle East & Africa

French LNG imports set to double in 2019

LNG is set to cover half of France's gas demand this year amid low spot LNG prices and high utilisation rates at the country’s four terminals.

3 December 2019 Europe & Russia
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin via teleconference on the startup of the Power of Siberia pipeline. (Kremlin.ru)

China embraces new era of Russian piped gas imports

Startup of gas flows along the Power of Siberia pipeline will provide China with greater supply diversity and may put downward pressure on LNG imports.

2 December 2019 Asia Pacific

Poland’s gas imports in figures

LNG made up 20% of Poland’s gas imports in the first nine months of 2019, while Russian imports via the Yamal pipeline declined compared with previous years.

29 November 2019 Europe & Russia
An LNG terminal in South Korea.

South Korea coal shutdown offers winter LNG demand boost

The suspension of up to 15 of the country’s coal power plants will create an opening for gas-fired generation.

28 November 2019 Asia Pacific
ELNG, Idku, Egypt

Egypt faces struggle in push for hub status

Egypt has struggled to find interested customers for its LNG cargoes, which could quell the impetus to boost production from its Idku and Damietta plants.

28 November 2019 Middle East & Africa

Italian gas demand up 4.9% in first nine months of 2019

After a 3% drop in 2018, Italy’s gas consumption has recovered this year amid low spot prices and a surge in LNG imports.

27 November 2019 Europe & Russia
Drilling in Algeria.

Tunisia and Morocco see uptick in domestic production

North Africa’s less-endowed resource holders are looking to boost domestic gas activity in a move to curb the surging cost of Algerian gas imports.

26 November 2019 Middle East & Africa
Pipelaying for Power of Siberia.

China’s LNG imports down for first time in three years

Volumes fell to 4 mt in October after an outage at an eastern terminal limited flows, but the failure of other sources to pick up the slack suggests the market is oversupplied.

25 November 2019 Asia Pacific
The Putian LNG terminal in China.

Converging factors to slow China’s LNG demand growth this winter

Insufficient regasification capacity, coupled with stronger domestic production and imports from Russia, will restrain the rise in China’s LNG imports over the cold season.

22 November 2019 Asia Pacific
Al-Hosn gas complex, Abu Dhabi

UAE moves gas expansion centre stage

The company is doubling down on developing its largely untapped gas reservoirs, although costs and technological challenges persist.

21 November 2019 Middle East & Africa
Wind turbines turning against the sky

US support for renewables may challenge gas

Power generation from solar and wind in the US is growing faster than gas-fired power because of policy support for renewables at state level.

21 November 2019 Americas
Anti-government protester in Lebanon standing in from of burning tires blocking roads.

Lebanon hastens offshore exploration campaign

Lebanon’s embattled political elites need to show a sceptical public that progress is being made in tapping offshore oil and gas blocks, but blaming IOCs looks wide of the mark.

14 November 2019 Middle East & Africa

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