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Developing Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) would substantially increase U.S. crude oil and natural gas production after 2030. The state of Alaska holds an estimated 36 billion barrels of crude oil and 137 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, so after the Trump administration lifted an ANWR drilling moratorium in December 2017, wildcatters are rushing north to tap America’s Arctic resources.

Strikingly, China has excluded LNG from a list of additional tariffs to be levied on U.S. imports despite the nascent trade war between the two super powers. Beijing’s move shows “LNG is clearly seen as an essential good," and in the event of an escalation Wood Mackenzie expects LNG to remain outside the bounds of any additional tariffs.

Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) has renewed a natural gas supply contract with the Algerian incumbent Sonatrach until 2030. Price or volume details were not disclosed, but GNF stressed the deal guaranteed a stable cost structure for more than 40% of Spain’s overall gas procurement.

Risk of a trade war with China is affecting U.S. President Trump’s homeland, after China threatened to levy tariffs on imports of crude oil, natural gas and refined products from the United States. If imposed, these tariffs would be a big deal given that China just emerged as the largest importer of U.S. crude oil and a key LNG offtaker.

President of Bolivia Evo Morales has met Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller in Moscow to discuss joint projects for oil and gas development, notably boosting the output of Bolivia’s massive Incahuasi field. If successful, this move will lead to rising exports of pipeline gas to neighbouring Argentina where it is being used as a fuel for power generation.

Germany’s engineering giant Siemens is evaluating the sale of its flagship large gas turbine division, trying to ease pressure and cut costs after sales of large turbines fell off a cliff. Deliberations include merging the PG business unit with a rival, further downsizing or bracing for another downturn and keeping the business.

Britain’s top engineering company Rolls-Royce has announced it will cut 4,600 jobs over the next 24 months in a bid to achieve run-rate net cost savings of £400 million per year by the end of 2020. Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce had to admit the costly compressor failure in its Trent 1000 package C engine has now also been found in a different type of engine.

Chart Industries has named Jillian C. Evanko as chief executive and president to replace incumbent William C. Johnson. The U.S. LNG equipment-maker reiterated its full-year 2018 guidance of $1.15 billion to $1.20 billion of revenue.

Dry natural gas production in the United States is about to reach a fresh record of 81 Bcf per day, spurring LNG export growth and pushing down prices this year. According to the U.S. Energy Agency (EIA), Henry Hub prices are forecast to average $2.99/MMBtu for the full year 2018, but notch up to $3.08/MMBtu in 2019.

Competition in the U.S. power market keeps heating up with marketers supplying about 21% of retail electricity sold, up from just 11% in 2005. Investor-owned utilities, in contrast, lost market share from 62% in 2005 to currently just above 52%. According to EIA analysts, this shift was driven by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which closed the original federal regulatory structure established by New Deal-era legislation.

Australia’s biggest gas pipeline company, APA Group, has allowed CKI of Hong Kong access its books after the Chinese consortium made a A$13 billion (US$9.8bn) takeover bid. The suitor will, however, have to win over regulators on Canberra who view the massive offer with some critical restraint.

The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), feeding Azerbaijani gas from Shah Deniz into Europe’s $38 billion Southern Gas Corridor, has been delivered on time and under budget. Azerbaijan and Turkey just inaugurated the 16 Bcm/year pipeline in Eskisehir, Turkey.

Struggling through a tough year, GE Power has communicated a tentative plan to shut down most of its manufacturing plant in Salem, Virginia, by the end of 2019. GE justified the move with persistent challenges in the power industry and a steep decline in order-wins, the decision helps executives brace for a tough second quarter.

UK Power Reserve has partnered with Fluence to deliver the first phase of its 120 MW battery storage portfolio to the British power grid. Fluence agreed to provide three 20 MW storage systems at sites in the Midlands and North West using its Advancion technology. All three new sites are due operational during winter 2018/19.

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Aliso Canyon Technical Assessment Group have both voiced concerns that regional natural gas infrastructure issues in Southern California could affect electricity reliability this summer. Should these bottlenecks result in lower gas inflows into storage, there is a risk of significantly reduced gas availability in the upcoming winter.

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