Gastech Insights is an online platform which delivers unique content, analysis and online discussions on the most important issues, from the perspective of those within the global gas and LNG community. It also gives gas professionals a voice and encourages them to become active contributors by sharing their knowledge, ideas and opinions on a vast range of industry topics.

2019-04-17
China economic slowdown: 3 reasons why it's different this time
China economic slowdown: 3 reasons why it's different this time

China drives liquidity and price formation like no other: That's why producers, traders and investors inevitably worry when risks and uncertainties emerge in China. Which is where we are today. Daily headlines feed concerns about the demand slowdown in China and the potential impact on the world economy.

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2019-04-17
Baker Botts Energy Industry Review and Trends 2018/2019
Baker Botts Energy Industry Review and Trends 2018/2019

Each year a group of more than 20 leading Baker Botts attorneys, across the firm’s Corporate, Global Projects, Litigation, and 

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2019-04-17
FSRU-based LNG demand growth faces headwinds in emerging markets
FSRU-based LNG demand growth faces headwinds in emerging markets

After a period of breakneck growth, LNG demand creation using floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) has suffered some setbacks, and LNG imports via FSRU terminals decreased in 2018 for the first time in many years.

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2019-04-10
Does Germany need LNG?
Does Germany need LNG?

Proposals to build a German LNG import terminal have gathered momentum, but does the country need its own supply of LNG? As Europe’s largest gas market, Germany seems an obvious candidate to take advantage of the growing global appetite for LNG. However, the country remains an outlier, lacking direct access to the LNG market.

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2019-04-10
GIIGNL Annual Report 2019: Strong demand in Asia drives LNG import growth for third con...
GIIGNL Annual Report 2019: Strong demand in Asia drives LNG import growth for third consecutive year

GIIGNL, the international association of LNG Importers, is pleased to bring its 2019 Annual Report industry to the readers of Gastech Insights. This complimentary report is mainly based on data submitted by GIIGNL’s 81 member companies. In the report, we describe the state of the LNG industry and the main evolutions of the last twelve months in LNG trade, contracts, liquefaction, regasification and shipping. For the second year, GIIGNL also reports on the development of retail LNG, providing statistics on LNG trucking and small-scale vessel loadings.

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2019-04-10
Can Europe’s gas industry reinvent itself for the decarbonising energy landscape?
Can Europe’s gas industry reinvent itself for the decarbonising energy landscape?

Europe’s gas industry has long argued that gas has a significant role to play as an energy source that can positively benefit the transition towards a decarbonised economy. But policymakers and environmental groups in Europe remain sceptical, and over the course of the next decade, the gas industry faces its greatest existential crisis as major policy decisions will be taken that could permanently impact on the industry’s future.

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2019-04-03
Realising the natural gas potential in Canada’s Northwest Territories
Realising the natural gas potential in Canada’s Northwest Territories

With unique opportunities and challenges facing the Canadian LNG industry, the evolving market is one to watch. With cooler ambient temperatures for higher efficiency at liquefaction plants and provincial and federal government support, it would appear that the Canadian gas markets offer plenty of opportunities for further growth.

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2019-04-03
Going with the tide: Revitalising the Western Canadian energy sector
Going with the tide: Revitalising the Western Canadian energy sector

I am sure many people would agree that Liquefied Natural Gas is the one hydrocarbon product that could have the single largest impact on the petroleum industry and the Canadian economy. It is therefore critical that we as an industry have access to tidewater and new markets for our natural gas. The exporting of LNG will also aid in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by using it to replace carbon-intensive coal energy in other countries.

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2019-04-03
Expecting the unexpected: Who will take FID next in Canada?
Expecting the unexpected: Who will take FID next in Canada?

Canada’s first LNG megaproject is now under construction, and with the consortium already talking about possible expansion, it is fair to say that LNG Canada is changing the natural gas landscape as we know it.

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2019-03-27
The need for young talent in the natural gas industry
The need for young talent in the natural gas industry

My name is Markus Norrgård, the Young Gastech 2018 Essay Winner. I currently work as a Process Engineer within the Fuel Gas Supply Systems product line of Wärtsilä Marine Business. We, as a product line, work with the delivery of complete LNG storage and handling systems for ships using LNG as fuel. In the past couple of years, this industry has grown significantly and there are currently no signs that the developments will slow down or change in the near future. All in all, it is an extremely interesting field to be working in.

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2019-03-27
Choosing the energy industry: A new era for young professionals
Choosing the energy industry: A new era for young professionals

I’m Selma-Penna Utonih, a young professional in the energy industry. I had the privilege of attending and participating in the Young Gastech Programme that took place alongside the Gastech Exhibition and Conference in Barcelona last year.

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2019-03-27
Changing perceptions of the energy industry
Changing perceptions of the energy industry

As the energy industry continues to evolve, new technologies and innovations are becoming ever-present. And as the industry continues to modernise, there is a crucial need for the workforce to do the same. Previously perceived as not appealing for young professionals, the energy industry is working hard to become more attractive to the new generation in an effort to welcome new skills and new perspectives to further grow the global industry.

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2019-03-20
Address locally, think globally: FortisBC on climate change
Address locally, think globally: FortisBC on climate change

The industry is experiencing a growing recognition of the role of gas and LNG as the world tackles poor air quality and climate change. With a growing population, the world is trying to tackle the challenged to not only reduce emissions but to do this while providing more reliable energy supplies.

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2019-03-20
Red Box on Canada's Arctic regions: Sharing unique experiences for safe & effi...
Red Box on Canada's Arctic regions: Sharing unique experiences for safe & efficient transportation

As reported by Shell in the LNG Outlook 2019, the use of LNG in transport is growing, especially in the heavy-duty transport sector. And with 143 LNG-fuelled ships currently in operation and 135 on order, marine LNG is another exciting area in the market.

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2019-03-20
Arctic and cold climate solutions: The Norwegian experience
Arctic and cold climate solutions: The Norwegian experience

Some of the defining characteristics of the harsh and cold climate regions are the special weather conditions, the light phenomenon, the large geographical areas and the vast distances to nearest infrastructure. These conditions affect cost, safety and access to emergency preparedness. The skills needed to carry out safe operations in these vulnerable areas require great knowledge, experience and robust technologies. Access to such information is hence key to overcoming the various challenges.

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2019-03-11
Learning from Accidents: Are we asking the right questions?
Learning from Accidents: Are we asking the right questions?

A sense of curiosity and asking some different questions offer an opportunity to impact our chronic inability to learn which typifies the ‘awful sameness’ of accidents.  We are in a vicious cycle – there is an accident/near miss/HIPO. We investigate. Analyse. Produce Reports. Highlight failures to learn. Distribute Reports. Produce Action Lists.  Another event happens. Repeat. We have a growing list of failures to learn and little shift in learning. Vicious cycles indicate the need to shift paradigms, to think differently.

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