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Gas arrives in Kingston aboard the Golar Arctic

Gas forges ahead in Jamaica’s energy mix

The growing popularity of gas in Jamaica is setting an example of how small-scale LNG technology can benefit countries with modest demand.

2 July 2019 Americas / Supply & Demand
An E.On power station in Germany

Europe's gas-fired power gains as TTF prices hit record lows

European gas-fired power plants are looking increasingly profitable compared with coal alternatives as a result of low prices for gas and high prices for carbon allowances.

27 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Cameron LNG project in the United States. (Sempra LNG)

Weak hurricane season in store for Americas LNG trade

The Atlantic hurricane season will cause less disruption to LNG trading in the Americas this year than it has done in the previous two years.

21 June 2019 Americas / LNG
Argentine electricity workers working to fix a generator in Buenos Aires during a blackout. (PA)

Argentina’s blackout: a wake-up call

The power outage in Argentina over the weekend – the worst in its history – could be yet another sign of the need for urgent investment in the country’s ageing electricity infrastructure.

17 June 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Total's Elgin platform in the North Sea

Culzean field to support UK gas output

Total is expected to start production from the North Sea field soon, helping to limit the UK’s growing reliance on imported gas.

6 June 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Manzanillo LNG terminal in Mexico

Mexico’s LNG imports face existential threat

Mexican LNG imports are facing an insurmountable challenge from US pipeline gas, which could see Mexico stop buying LNG altogether.

29 May 2019 Americas / LNG
A Qatari LNG vessel

US LNG set to gain from Qatari-Saudi turf war

Saudi Arabia’s aim of challenging Qatar’s dominance of the LNG market will present the United States with an opportunity to commercialise its LNG.

24 May 2019 Americas / LNG
A drillship at work on the Leviathan field.

Leviathan accentuates Israel's need for gas exports

Israel wants to pin down a viable option for gas exports as commercial production from its Leviathan project becomes imminent.

3 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A nuclear power plant in Japan

Risks to Japanese nuclear could boost LNG imports

Japan could see some of its operational nuclear reactors shut down next year, a move that will likely lead to a rise in the country’s LNG imports.

25 April 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
Traders at ETX Capital London

Gas to benefit from higher EU power and carbon prices

The recent surge in EU carbon prices, coupled with higher year-on-year power prices, will likely benefit gas if the trend continues.

12 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Global Markets
An Algerian pipeline

Algerian pipeline gas losing competitiveness

Exports of oil-indexed pipeline gas and LNG from Algeria are facing a difficult trading environment as rising crude prices deter buyers.

9 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Dragon LNG terminal in the UK.

UK hub prices face further pressure

Mild temperatures and strong imports will continue to put pressure on NBP prices.

29 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
South Korea's Pyeongtaek LNG terminal.

New taxes in South Korea will benefit gas and hit coal

South Korea is lowering taxes for LNG and raising them for coal, a move that will benefit gas consumption.

25 March 2019 Asia Pacific / Supply & Demand
The PG&E logo at the new York stock exchange

Price volatility to persist in the US Pacific Region

Gas prices will remain volatile in the PR even during the injection season, with the Northwest Sumas hub having already seen a high of $200/MMBtu in early March.

7 March 2019 Americas / Global Markets
The Hibiscus platform off Trinidad

Trinidad’s gas output to get Angelin boost

The Angelin project will provide yet another boost for Trinidad’s gas production, but the country has even more ambitious upstream plans.

28 February 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production
Beregovaya compressor station, starting point of Blue Stream gas pipeline

Turkey curtails reliance on gas imports

Turkey’s ambition to diversify its energy mix away from gas will intensify competition among suppliers as they seek to defend their share of the country’s market.

22 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Italy's Rovigo LNG terminal.

Golden Pass to be a conduit for US LNG into Europe

Golden Pass, an FID on which was taken in early February, will be Qatar Petroleum’s strategic project to serve the European LNG market while freeing up more Ras Laffan volumes for key Asian customers.

7 February 2019 Americas / LNG
The Golar Viking delivering Qatari LNG at Thailand's Map Ta Phut terminal

Asia will remain central to Qatar’s LNG strategy

Qatar is implementing LNG trading strategies that will further consolidate its position in the Asian market.

31 January 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Excelerate FSRU at Argentina's Escobar terminal

Argentina on the cusp of exporting LNG

Argentina is poised to start exporting LNG in 2019, but challenges lie ahead for the country’s ambition to become Latin America’s biggest LNG supplier.

28 January 2019 Americas / LNG
A platform off the Norwegian coast

Minimal gains ahead for Norwegian production

Growth in Norway’s output will be marginal in the coming years and will help provide a floor to European prices.

11 January 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production

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