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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.
New approaches to LNG trading will challenge the role of price reporting agencies
The LNG market is in the process of developing from a structure dominated by long-term, destination restricted contracts to a mature commodity market characterised by gas-to-gas price indexation, destination flexible cargoes and multiple liquid regional hubs. Speaking at the LNG Global Congress in London last week, traders explained how innovative approaches to managing risk and improving regional pricing transparency are assisting in the market’s development.
Flaring, venting and fugitive emissions will be increasingly relevant to the European gas debate
Minimising methane emissions along the LNG supply chain and reducing incidence of flaring and venting will be critical objectives for natural gas suppliers Europe, senior industry figures agreed at the LNG Global Congress in London this week.
Japan must reverse direction on coal investments or face $71 billion stranded asset burden
Continued investment in the Japanese coal sector could leave the country lumbered with $71 billion in stranded assets, according to a recent report prepared by the financial think-tank Carbon Tracker, the Institute for Future Initiatives at The University of Tokyo and the non-profit CDP.
North West Europe needs new midstream gas infrastructure to support the rise of renewables
Europe’s increasing dependence on natural gas imports (which accounted for 54% of European gas supply in 2018), combined with growing reliance on natural gas to stabilise the power grid at higher penetrations of variable renewables, are undermining the flexibility of the gas system.
High flexibility and low CAPEX are lending small-scale LNG distribution a competitive edge
By transporting LNG in small 50 cubic metre containers, using trucks, shipping lines and trains, companies like Broadview Energy Solutions are meeting a growing demand for more flexible LNG supply.
EU Commission still sees important role for gas, but supply security concerns loom
Speaking at the LNG Shipping conference in London today, Barbara Jinks, Director of Government Relations at the European lobby group Gas Infrastructure Europe, commended the European Commission’s recognition of the long-term role of gas – particularly LNG and low carbon alternatives to fossil gas.
LNG and the geopolitical implications of the energy transition: Q&A
The limitations of the remaining carbon budget mean that there is an urgent need to consider what an accelerated energy transition could look like. Are fossil fuel companies prepared for it? What effects will the transformation of the energy system have on the political sphere, and what risks will it entail?
Shipowner investment signals hydrogen over LNG as ship fuel of the future
Hydrogen is competing with other alternative fuels such as LNG, LPG, methanol and biofuel as shipping seeks to meet the International Maritime Organization target to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050.
Natural gas consumption to grow 40% through to 2040, says Cedigaz
Natural gas demand will grow by 40% between the years 2017 and 2040, according to a report released yesterday by the international association for natural gas, Cedigaz.
Key trends in the LNG carrier market
The LNG carrier market is one of the most attractive segments of the global shipping fleet for new investment, buoyed by the ongoing build out of liquefaction capacity initiated in 2016. Ahead of London International Shipping Week, we’ve prepared a summary of the major trends currently shaping the LNG shipping sector.
LNG industry heavyweights to gather in London for the LNG Global Congress
A global meeting place for players across the LNG value chain, LNGgc will bring together 70+ expert speakers to discuss the issues most important to the industry.
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: Hydrogen essential to achieving climate neutrality, says Noe van Hulst
Is hydrogen the missing component in the transition to a low carbon economy? We caught up with Noe van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, to find out more about the future of clean hydrogen production.
Developing competition and security of supply in the Baltic gas market: Q&A
In a recent paper published by the International Centre for Defence and Security, Professor Andrei V. Belyi of the University of Eastern Finland argued that Estonia needs to embrace free market principles and flexible LNG infrastructure to bring down prices, improve its energy security and assist with the transition to a low carbon economy.
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.
Flame TV: Marko Zubic discusses the current state of natural gas infrastructure investment
Marco Zubic is Strategic Business Development Director of Oil and Gas at Bilfinger, a European energy industry infrastructure developer with reach into international upstream, midstream and downstream markets. In our interview with him at Flame we discussed the health of natural gas infrastructure investment in Europe and the US.
How much potential is there for natural gas in road transportation?
Several recent studies have tried to assess the extent of the reduction in emissions that could be obtained through switching to natural gas in road transportation, as well as the prospects for the market as a whole. Here’s a summary of what the research shows, in a digestible question and answer format.
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.