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[WEBCAST] Driving the energy transition by unlocking talent A conversation with Tatiana Mitrova
Presented by the Flame conference in association with Women in Energy, Climate and Sustainability (WECS), this hour long online discussion will feature energy transition expert Tatiana Mitrova.
Covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the LNG industry
An oversupply of LNG, along with mild winters and record high stock levels pushed gas prices around the world to their lowest levels on record earlier this year. The industry has now entered a phase of survival and adaptation.
Flame conference and WECS announce Women at Flame Summit
In order to provide a platform for dialogue on gender equality in global gas and LNG sector, Flame and the Women in Energy, Climate and Sustainability (WECS) Foundation are launching the Women at Flame Summit, being held on 11 May 2020 on the side-lines of the Flame Conference.
Four common misconceptions about the LNG industry
Do you have any long-cherished beliefs about the LNG industry which may not be grounded in fact? Last month at the LNG Global Congress, we caught up with four experts from across the industry to find out about some of the common misconceptions they have encountered. From US exports, to air pollution, to the economics of LNG vs pipeline gas, their answers may just get you to look a little differently at the LNG trade.
China LNG demand to slow on trade spat with the US
China’s natural gas demand, which feeds its requirements for LNG imports, has already slowed in the first five months of this year, according to government data. Compounding the risk of Beijing slowing a planned coal-to-gas switch due to a deceleration in China’s economic growth, OIES also warns of a possible downgrade to its projection for China’s LNG demand.
Flame TV: Chinese gas market slowdown only temporary, says Gavin Thompson
Gavin Mackenzie works out of Wood Mackenzie’s Tokyo office, where he heads up the company’s gas and power research across North East Asia. In our interview with him at Flame, we discussed the outlook for Chinese natural gas consumption, covering the recent slowdown in growth, the effects of the trade war and the impact of decarbonisation policies.
LNG demand: buyers’ strategies in Europe, 2020 - 2030
This article is the concluding piece in a three-part series assessing the evolution of the LNG market over the next decade. Read on as independent LNG consultant Guy Broggi considers Europe’s typical role as an LNG market of last resort, and what this may mean for buyers’ strategies going forward.
Flame TV: Eva Hennig calls for new policies to help decarbonise the German gas industry
Eva Hennig is Head of Department for EU Energy Policy at Thüga, a coalition of German utility companies. In our interview with her at the Flame conference, we discussed how the gas sector stands to gain from Germany’s coal exit, and what can be done to develop the role of biomethane and other low carbon gaseous energy carriers.
Flame TV: Edward Chow talks LNG, trade, tariffs and sanctions
Edward Chow is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. An expert on international energy markets and policy, he has acted as an advisor to governments, corporations and financial institutions with stakes in the energy sector. In our interview with him at Flame, we talked through the impacts on the LNG industry of the US China trade war, and the long-term political ramifications of the resumption of US sanctions on Iran.
Increasing use of energy sanctions risks undermining US soft power
During his address to the Flame conference in Amsterdam, CSIS energy policy expert Edward Chow warned that Washington’s overzealous approach to sanctions on foreign oil & gas exports could erode American soft power abroad.
Occidental takeover of Anadarko will not affect Mozambique LNG FID date
Speaking at the Flame Conference in Amsterdam, Anadarko’s Vice President of LNG Marketing and Shipping, Andrew Seck, reassured attendees that the company is still on track to meet its previously announced FID date of June 18th this year.
Liquid gas in an illiquid market
Over the next half a decade, argue Mashal Jaffery and Erik Rakhou of Baringa Partners, LNG will come into its own as a "virtual pipeline system" linking the world's disparate natural gas markets.
LNG demand: buyers’ strategies in Asia and the Middle East, 2020-2030
Which of the world’s Asian and Middle Eastern LNG consumers will absorb the additional 120 - 150 Mtpa of extra LNG capacity expected to come to market by 2024, and how are buyers’ strategies likely to evolve over the coming decade?
Expanded production and pipeline capacity to boost Norwegian gas exports
After a slight dip in 2018, Norwegian gas exports are expected to grow this year as new production comes online, and by 2022 a new pipeline will expand sales in eastern Europe. With falling domestic output and a desire to diversify suppliers away from Russia, European nations should prove eager buyers, although cheaper LNG (and renewables) could provide Norway’s pipeline exports with stiff competition over the next few years.
Bridging the equity investment gap in emerging market energy asset development
Simon Holden, Head of Investment Advisory Services at Lloyd's Register, writes that cool heads will prevail when trying to get energy projects of the ground in emerging economies.
Is Mozambique on track to become the next LNG superpower?
Nowhere is the will to become a major LNG player more apparent than on the east coast of Sub-Saharan Africa, in debt-stricken Mozambique. There, two planned LNG megaprojects – one headed up by Anadarko, and the other by ExxonMobil and Eni – are entering the concluding stages of pre-FID (final investment decision) project purgatory.
Japan's coming of age in the Asian LNG market
If demand forecasts hold true, China will unseat Japan this year as the world’s largest importer of liquified natural gas. That shouldn’t divert attention from the fact that Japan will play a significant, if altered, role in the region’s LNG markets over the years to come. We spoke to Ken Koyama, Managing Director and Chief Economist at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan, to find out more.
The effect of sanctions on Iran's oil & gas industry
A month on from the imposition of the last round of economic sanctions on Iran, and Brent crude prices have slipped to under $60 a barrel. It is their lowest level since September of last year, and a clear indicator that the effect of sanctions on global oil supply has been more moderate than the market initially feared.
Asian LNG demand is a tricky beast
Ahead of our upcoming webinar on Asian LNG demand, taking place December 4th, we provide a brief summary of the factors influencing Asian LNG pricing this winter, and ask what they may mean for the long-term demand outlook.
Here’s what’s different about the current LNG supply cycle
Circa the final quarter of 2018, the LNG industry finds itself in what must seem a familiar position. European LNG imports are once again rising, driven largely by a rise in LNG shipping costs. A new wave of liquefaction projects is underway, with everything to gain for project developers able to attract investment. Commoditisation is still a core objective, but questions remain to be answered before a global pricing benchmark starts to look realistic. The LNG industry is a cyclical one - but there are some important differences about the current supply cycle.
Regulation and opportunity in Turkey's energy markets
The Star Oil Refinery is a symbol of Turkey's energy sector liberalisation. In this deep dive into the legal and regulatory aspects of Turkish energy reform, Levent Lezgin Kılınç from Kılınç Law & Consulting sheds some light on a country set to attract significant foreign investment in the years to come.