Europe & Eurasia
UK needs to start fracking to revive its energy sector
4 July 2013
The UK could be sitting on 1,300 trillion cubic feet worth of shale gas resources
Bowland shale output to curb UK gas imports by 14%
18 June 2013
Production from the Bowland basin could see UK imports decline by almost 15%, according to a new report
UK government divided over clean energy targets in bill
6 June 2013
The UK's energy bill, which states the UK will aim for a 34% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2020, will now be debated by the House of Lords
UK extends regulator's powers amid price fixing probe
6 June 2013
The UK government has widened the powers of its power market regulator following the energy price fixing probe
UK shale gas might be ready for take-off this year
6 June 2013
This year may very well see the unconventionals sector begin to deliver on its rich promise
Face off: Canada versus the EU over fuel-quality directive
31 May 2013
Europe doesn’t import any oil from Alberta, but the proposed fuel quality directive has ignited a row between Brussels and Edmonton
UK shale gas could be a new North Sea
22 May 2013
Lobbyists have stepped up the campaign on both sides as a new report says the production of shale gas could help boost the UK's energy industry and economy
Margaret Thatcher’s influential energy legacy
10 April 2013
Margaret Thatcher, UK prime minister from 1979-90, who died in on 8 April, brought profound changes to the country’s business life and particularly to the energy sector
The Iron Lady and the UK coal sector
9 April 2013
The Thatcher government’s confrontation with the UK's coal miners was the most bitter industrial dispute the country had ever seen. It changed the UK’s industrial landscape irrevocably, and its effects are still being felt today. But not, perhaps, in a way you would expect
UK needs a rational debate about shale-gas development
2 April 2013
The UK is coming round the idea of shale-gas development. But what we need now is for the media to steer a calm, rational debate about the fuel's benefits and drawbacks
Panic over UK gas supplies is unnecessary
28 March 2013
The panic over dwindling fuel supplies and possible rationing is just that. The lights are going to stay on for a long time yet
High hopes for an independent Scotland's oil wealth
25 March 2013
The Scottish are due to vote in 18 months on whether to leave the UK - taking with them the majority of the UK's oil and gas production
UK offers shale gas tax boost as economy stalls
25 March 2013
A new shale-gas field allowance and lower corporate tax rates could get the shale-gas industry get off the ground
Europe and China warned they must kick the coal habit
18 March 2013
Industry leaders warn over the impact on climate change
Policy and finance contributing to Europe's dying gas demand
13 March 2013
Confusing government policies, financial woes and the resurgence of coal are all impacting upon demand for natural gas in Europe
Europe's shale caution may see it waste its potential
7 March 2013
The EU must speed up development of shale-gas or it risks wasting a valuable resource
Albania's Albpetrol sell-off scrapped as accusations fly
6 March 2013
Albania's attempt to privatise the state oil and gas firm has stumbled
Evergreener lands: tough Nordic emissions reductions
27 February 2013
The Nordic countries are trying to eke out more fuel efficiencies, but it won’t be easy
Final decisions to be made for Shah Deniz expansion
8 February 2013
The partners in the Shah Deniz field must make two important decisions: a final investment decision for the Caspian gasfield's second-phase development and a pipeline to carry production to Europe
UK's vast shale gas stash could slash Europe gas prices
31 January 2013
The UK has vast shale-gas reserves that could cause domestic and European natural gas prices to tumble, according to a new report, due for release in the next few months
European unconventionals sector must forge its own path
3 January 2013
Shale gas holds enormous promise for Europe but producers must adequately address social and environmental concerns
UK gives fracking the green light but controls will be introduced
13 December 2012
The UK will allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to resume, but it will introduce more stringent environmental controls for the process, the government has said
Testing times for Swiss-based traders as scrutiny increases
13 December 2012
Switzerland struggles to adapt to increased regulation and transparency rules
European Commission sets out new road for biofuels
8 October 2012
The EC will limit the consumption of biofuels due to competition with food crops and land use
Tax cut on shallow-water gasfields due to lift UK gas activity
8 August 2012
The UK government has cut tax charges on large shallow-water gasfields
UK government plans a patent box regime
18 May 2012
UK government plans for a ‘patent box’ regime has a number of distinct tax advantages for energy sector firms