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Gas likely to get off lightly as shareholders and courts press Big Oil to accelerate energy transition plans
Successful shareholder revolts and legal action are piling pressure on the big publicly traded oil and gas companies to accelerate energy transition plans. This is encouraging the sale of dirty oil-focused assets to private and national oil companies, along with a future investment preference for lower carbon and gas projects – which could result in an increased weighting towards light oil, gas, and LNG among the majors’ future fossil fuel portfolios. Nevertheless, it may mean more gas gets left in the ground in the end.
Coronavirus resurgence weighs on oil demand and tanker earnings
Stalling crude demand may deepen contango trades, but doubts emerge this will offset lower-than-anticipated exports and lift tanker earnings.
Challenges, barriers, and the costs of the EU hydrogen strategy
We caught up with energy policies and market consultant, Andrei Belyi, to examine the challenges, barriers, and the costs of the EU hydrogen strategy moving forward.
[WEBCAST] The future of clean and sustainable hydrogen in Europe
In this webcast Nienke Homan and Professor Ad van Wijk discuss the development of a hydrogen economy in Europe, the pioneering Hydrogen Valley in the Northern Netherlands, and the likely impact of the EU Hydrogen strategy.
[WEBCAST] Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a structural change in LNG markets?
In this webcast, Dr. Vakhshouri explores the likelihood of a structural change in LNG markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
[WEBCAST] US LNG industry health check: Oversupply, project timelines and oil-price impacts
Join us for an in-depth webinar covering shut-ins and cancelled cargoes, the impacts of oil price volatility, the implications of falling spot prices for markets in the long-term, and possible consequences for US projects still in the pipeline.
[WEBCAST] How to operate in the current LNG market: COVID-19, contracts and pricing
How will the industry respond to current challenges? What contractual flexibility are market participants seeking, what are buyers’ price aspirations, and when can the market expect to see demand start to recover? Who will be the winners and losers?
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.
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.