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Texas-based Exelerate Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Argentina’s Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TDS) to evaluate the construction of the country’s first liquefaction plant at Bahia Blanca. The idea is to export part of the flourishing production from Vaca Muerta, one of the world’s largest shale gas plays.

Canada-based AltaGas has sold three gas-fired power plants in California to Middle River Power III, part of the private equity firm Avenue Capital, for $300 million. The proceeds will be used repay part of AltaGas’ debt related to the acquisition of an American electric utility.

Fossil fuels remain the dominant source of electricity in most of the United States. Coal provided the largest generation share in 18 states last year, down from 28 states in 2007. The share of gas power, meanwhile, has increased from 11 to 16 states over the same period, according to EIA findings.

Utilities in South Carolina are preparing for widespread power outages as Hurricane Florence has been classified as “extremely dangerous” as it gathers pace at windspeeds of over 140 miles per hour (mph). The U.S. National Hurricane Centre predicts it could strengthen to “near Category-5 intensity” before making landfall between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Thursday.

Qatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, has entered a 22-year sales and purchase agreement with PetroChina to deliver around 3.4 mtpa of LNG its regasification terminals at Dalian, Jiangsu, Tangshan and Shenzhen. In August, China brought two new regas terminals in service that brought the overall number to 19 – in line with the government’s policy to replace coal with natural gas in the power sector.

Decarbonisation of the power sector is seen as the most crucial factor in sustaining the current competitive edge advantage for mid-size electric vehicle (EV) over cars with a combustion engine. ” As gasoline-fuelled vehicles become more efficient, the power mix must comprise more renewables for electric vehicles to remain competitive,” says Wood Mackenzie research director, Prakash Sharma.

DNV GL’s 2018 Energy Transition Outlook predicts an investment boom in natural gas with global Capex in gas upstream projects set to grow from $960 billion in 2015 to a peak of $1.13 trillion in 2025. This spending spree will herald a shift in the global energy mix, allowing gas to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in 2026 and account for a quarter of the world’s energy by 2050.

Higher relative cost to produce natural gas from the Haynesville region has led to a gradual decrease in shale gas production over the past five years. The Haynesville formation lies at a greater depth than Marcellus, so drilling costs are significantly more expensive. This caused a sharp drop in monthly dry gas production from a peak at 7.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in January 2012 to less than half that level by early 2016, according to EIA figures. Output rebounded since then to 6.4 Bcf/d in June 2018.

Venture capitalist are pouring money into the development of novel technologies that are hoped to disrupt existing markets and deliver huge returns, ideally within a 5-year time horizon. Investment is flourishing, with more money spent on energy technologies start-ups in 2018 than in the first two quarters of any previous year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says with reference to data from the market intelligence agency i3.

China National Petroleum (CNPC) has committed to help raise funding funds for $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project designated to transport up to 3,500 million standard cubic feet per day (Mmscf/d) of wet gas from several gas gathering projects in southern Nigeria to centers of demand in the country’s North.

General Electric is losing share in a “rapidly concentrated market”, the Swiss bank UBS said in a note, reducing GE’s price target to $13 a share as this year’s sharp drop in sales puts future earnings at risk. GE already made hefty cost cuts at its power unit, but sluggish demand and tough competition may require even more cuts UBS says, warning this could be “forcing GE in a vicious cycle.”

Over two thirds of British people, polled by YouGov, would like to see a more decentralised, local model succeed the Big Six’s current monopoly. Three-quarters say they are prepared to join community energy schemes and many want their pension or banking investments to avoid fossil fuel projects.

Governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are preparing to take action to remove fuel subsidies and other price distortions that have for long rendered electricity trade unattractive, and undermined the creation of a pan-Arab energy market. Under discussion are cost-reflective fuel pricing, open-grid access and a gradual integration of existing interconnectors.

A wave of nuclear restarts in Japan curbs LNG demand. Kansai Electric is preparing to restart its 870-MW reactor No. 4 reactor at its Takahama station, following in the footsteps of Kyushu Electric which just brought the 890-MW Unit-2 at its Sendai reactor back online. Each returning reactor is forecast to lower gas consumption in the power sector by up to 1 million tons per year.

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has started to develop the Lingshui find, the company’s the first independent deepwater gas discovery. CNOOC freed up an initial budget of 20 billion yuan (US$2,93bn) and set a design capacity of 343 million cubic feet as it aims to turn the Lingshui find into its main source of gas production after 2020.

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