Archive for the ‘natural gas’ Category

Banks see second quarter revenue dip from commodities

Pinning down the financial performance of energy commodity trading at top financial institutions is complicated by the manner in which banks segment their operations and lump together certain revenue numbers.

While differences exist from bank to bank, for the most part the big banks place commodity trading within their fixed-income unit of their investment bank division. Low commodity prices, less volatility, and thus lower volumes traded, have all had an impact.

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Ineos sends Europe a fracking message about gas; next stop, upstream

As the champagne bottles smashed into the side of the two newly-built ships that in November will bring the first cargo of US shale gas into Europe, billionaire chairman of Ineos Jim Ratcliffe sent a clear message to European lawmakers whose energy policies have stalled his plans to frack for gas in Europe.

Emblazoned down the side of the two freshly-named vessels — the Ineos Insight and Ineos Ingenuity — were the words “Shale Gas for Manufacturing” and “Shale Gas for Chemicals.”

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Burn, baby, burn: North American natural gas gets ahead in generation

All over the news last week, media outlets highlighted a June US Energy Information Administration report that showed that for the first time ever, the US generated more electricity from natural gas than from coal in April. EIA data said the US generated 92.5 TWh from natural gas and 88.8 TWh from coal. This is the first time ever that any fuel source produced more electricity than coal. Although this might be a temporary blip (winter demand will send coal’s numbers past natural gas), it is still a huge deal.

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Natural gas becalmed as wind blows ahead in European power

Roll over Chicago, welcome to Europe: the Windy Continent.

In just 10 years’ time, wind is forecast to overtake natural gas as the biggest single power generation source by installed capacity in Europe.

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Viewing global LNG from the House at Pooh Corner, where Eeyore lives

Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, shares what the world of LNG would look like to an unabashed pessimist . . . or maybe just to someone who eyes the massive production boom on the horizon with some concern.

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US LNG exports: A move toward gas market price convergence

Much has been written in recent years about the potential impact of upcoming US LNG exports. Market analysts have pondered the likely effect on domestic US natural gas prices, gas production rates, domestic employment, GDP and even consumption by related petrochemical and agricultural industries. On the global stage, many expect that at current price levels US gas could flood the European and South American markets, pushing Atlantic Basin gas prices to new lows.

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Oh US gas demand, where art thou?

In the United States, natural gas is having quite a year. Year-to-date, Platts unit Bentek Energy data shows natural gas production has averaged 72.4 Bcf/d, a 5.2 Bcf/d, or almost an 8% increase, from a year ago. This growth is impressive itself, but what makes it even more impressive is the growth has come while prices have been depressed and demand has lagged.

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WGC 2015: How gas hopes to fight back against coal

Visitors from around the world queue expectantly on the Paris streets, waiting to pass through bag searches and metal detectors to enter the show within. No, it’s not the French Open at Roland Garros, but the big event at the other end of town, the 26th edition of the World Gas Conference, taking place in the French capital all this week.

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Could El Niño boost European gas demand this winter?

The strongest year for European gas demand since the 2008 financial crisis was 2010, a year impacted by the El Niño weather phenomenon. With international weather agencies now identifying the signs of the first El Niño conditions since 2010, could this be a sign of a cold winter ahead, and strong gas demand to come? 

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Mad Men face a challenge selling Australian coalseam gas

Back in 1979, Australians were wowed by a television advertising campaign in which natural gas was depicted as “The Living Flame.”

Produced for eastern Australia-based gas utility AGL, the advertisement showed ballerinas dancing around a giant cooking hob, depicting natural gas in human form. The Living Flame was positive, beautiful and memorable. It was a campaign that would have made Don Draper proud.

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