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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.
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.
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.
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: Jason Feer discusses LNG contract durations and commoditisation
Jason Feer is Global Head of Business Intelligence at Poten & Partners, a brokerage and consulting company for the energy and shipping markets. Speaking at Flame, he provided an overview of how the LNG contracting landscape is changing, where the market is heading and what the implications are for producers, traders and buyers.
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.
Flame TV: BNEF’s Meredith Annex discusses gas demand from heating and cooling
Will gas demand for temperature control heat up or cool off? Meredith Annex is Director of Heat & Cooling Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. We caught up with her at Flame to discusses BNEF’s predictions for the segment, whether or not the gas grid can continue to play a role, and how increasing summer demand for air conditioning is affecting baseload power consumption.
Flame TV: Peter Stewart on threats to LNG demand growth
Peter Stewart is the Chief Energy Analyst at Interfax, a leading information provider for the global gas, LNG, renewables and power industries. Sasha Twining caught up with him at Flame to discuss the demand outlook for LNG in Asia, the perception of natural gas’s climate impact, and the need for improved dialogue between energy companies and the public.
Flame TV: Dr Axel Wietfeld on the system value of storage and power-to-gas
Axel Wietfeld is managing director of Uniper’s Energy Storage Division. Speaking at the Flame conference in Amsterdam, he explained the value of a healthy gas storage sector to Sasha Twining – both in terms of pipeline infrastructure cost reductions in the present, and as a means of interseasonal energy storage in a future dominated by renewables.
Flame TV: Andree Stracke on the evolution of European power markets
Andree Stracke is the Chief Commercial Officer of Origination & Gas Supply at RWE, a German electric utility company. Sasha Twining caught up with him at Flame to discuss gas’s role in power markets, the impact of Germany’s coal phase-out and the increasing penetration of renewables.
Iran in the shadow of sanctions: an interview with Mahmood Khagani
Mahmood Khagani attended the Flame conference as a representative of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, and as a former Director General of Caspian Sea Oil and Gas Affairs at the Iran Ministry of Petroleum. In the wake of the Iran sanctions announcement, we caught up with him to discuss the impact on Western energy companies involved in the region, and the possibility of unlinking Iran’s oil and gas revenues from the dollar.
Bouncing back from Baumgarten: an interview with Markus Krug
Markus Krug is a Senior Gas Expert at E-Control, the Austrian Energy Regulatory Authority. In our interview with him at the Flame conference, we talk about Austria’s target for an annual balance of 100% renewables by 2030 (and where this leaves gas), the promotion of power-to-gas projects through European regulatory reform, and the rapid recovery at Austria’s Baumgarten natural gas transfer node following the explosion in December last year.
The costs of overlooking zero-carbon gas: Q&A with Richard Sarsfield-Hall
Richard Sarsfield-Hall is the Director of the energy division of international consultancy firm Pöyry. In our interview with him, we discussed the findings of Pöyry’s recent report, Fully Decarbonising Europe’s Energy System by 2050, which argued that overlooking decarbonised gas technologies could cost Europe over a trillion Euros by 2050.
Russian supply dependence could hasten electrification: an interview with Jonathan Stern
Jonathan Stern is a distinguished research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, having founded the institute’s Natural Gas Research Programme. He is an expert in the gas industries of Russia and the Soviet Union, and has written about the topic for over thirty years. His book, the Future of Russian Gas and Gazprom, is available to purchase on the OIES website. In our interview with him, we cover the EU's growing dependence on Gazprom, and the timeline for decarbonising the European energy system.
Seismic shifts and wintry beasts: an interview with Platts' Simon Wood
Simon Wood is Manager of the European Gas Analysis team at commodities specialists S&P Global Platts, and formerly the Senior Economist for ConocoPhillips. In our conversation with him, we covered the development of market pricing at key North West European gas hubs, the barriers to entry for LNG imports into Europe, and the UK’s narrow escape during the Beast from the East in March 2018.
Will Brexit disrupt natural gas trading? An interview with RWE's Paul Dawson
Paul Dawson is Head of Regulatory Affairs for RWE's Supply & Trading division. In our interview with him, we discussed Brexit’s possible effects on natural gas and energy trading, the importance of the market in influencing the eventual outcomes, and the level of risk posed to the United Kingdom’s energy security.
Volkswagen backs CNG: an interview with VW's Jasper Kammeyer
Jasper Kammeyer is Group Technology Strategist for CNG Mobility at Volkswagen. The German automakers have invested heavily in natural gas fueled vehicles as part of their “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” sustainable mobility initiative. In his interview with us at Flame, Jasper explains how CNG and electric vehicles can develop alongside each other to help decarbonise the transport system, and how Volkswagen are looking to work with natural gas industry stakeholders to promote the technology.
The backbone of the gas system: an interview with Annie Krist, CEO of GasTerra
Annie Krist stepped in as the CEO of Dutch gas wholesalers GasTerra on the first of January 2018. In our interview with her, we look ahead at how declining production from the Groningen gas field will affect the North West European market in the years to come, and explore the challenges involved with balancing a portfolio of L-Gas and H-Gas supplies.