Volume 2, Issue 16 - 30 August, 2017

Volume 2, Issue 16 - 30 August, 2017

Natural Gas World

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In this issue:

Nigeria publishes gas policy
Nigeria wants to double gas-fired generation capacity to 10 GW by 2020 – half the target outlined seven years ago. Steering the industry away from exports towards a strong gas economy is proving difficult.
Algerian upheavals delay upstream progress
Strong, autocratic rule need not always deter foreign investors, but a head of state needs to reassure them that it is all for the best – and this signal is not forthcoming from Algiers.
Egypt’s law opens gas market
The role of the state in Egypt’s gas market is shrinking, to benefit private investors, with a new law that also paves the way for Egypt’s emergence as a regional hub.
Eni, Total Risk Turkey’s wrath
Eni’s drilling programme offshore Cyprus takes it into conflict with Turkey, which does not recognise Cyprus’ maritime boundaries. Total is pursuing the same policy, with the same belief that it is lawful.
Iran has no alternative to Turkmenistan
Iran wants to free itself from importing gas but that means much larger costs: building a pipeline to take the fuel to the far northeast of the country, and ideally also extra locational storage for system security.
Vietnam Gives Way to China
What a difference a few weeks can make. In mid-June, Vietnam was resisting its larger neighbour to the north: its on-again, off-again antagonist and long-time Communist partner, China.
India sees transport as major gas user
Transport will have to step up its use of gas if India is to achieve its goal of doubling the share of gas in the energy mix – a target set by concerns about the nation’s health and its economy.
South African Offshore Gas Project gets Environmental OK
Developer Sunbird plans to start detailed engineering design work on an upstream project in South Africa later this year; state utility giant Eskom is a target customer.
Total Becomes Danish Champion
Total’s surprise agreement to buy Denmark’s Maersk Oil for $7.45bn in a share and debt deal defies any notion that the French business world shuts down for the summer.
Bolivia’s Upstream Lurches into Gear
Exploration is set to begin at the Charagua gas block in Bolivia in September, giving a much-needed boost to Bolivia’s E&P sector. But experts warn that overall progress is still slow.
BP shifts into gas
Most of BP’s new output from its major projects will be gas, although CEO Bob Dudley did not say that this was intentional, or the result of a long look at the relative value of oil.
Baltic States Fail to Unite
The three Baltic states remain at loggerheads, each wanting an expensive additional piece of gas import kit. But only Lithuania can physically take US cargoes, even if Russian pipeline gas makes more sense.

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