Russian gas production growth to meet rising domestic demand and exports.
Russia accounted for more than 1/3 of the increase in global gas production in 2017, propelled by a strong growth in domestic demand and exports.
Gas production also soared in Iran, which has been ramping up production from its South Pars fields in recent years to support domestic needs.
After a small decline in 2016, US gas production grew again, exceeding its 2015 level, and the country became a net exporter. Gas production also increased again in Canada, though at a slower pace than in 2016.
Australian gas production was spurred by new LNG capacities commissioned in 2016, that raised domestic output by nearly 1/5.
Gas production also surged in Egypt, after seven years of production decline, thanks to the commissioning of the West Nile Delta project.
European gas production continued to fall in 2017, resulting from conventional gas depletion and mandated production restriction in The Netherlands, despite a significant increase in Norwegian gas production.
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According to the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt or UBA), renewable power production reached a new record in the first semester of 2018, with 117 TWh generated, which is 10% more than in the first half of 2017 (+10 TWh). Wind power plants generated 57 TWh, with 26 TWh from biomass and biogas waste installations, 24 TWh from solar PV units and 10 TWh from hydropower plants.
According to the World Nuclear Association latest performance report, global nuclear power generation grew for the fifth year in a row and reached 2,506 TWh (+1.2% from 2,477 TWh in 2016). At the end of 2017, the global nuclear capacity stood at 392 GWe spread across 448 reactors, which is 2 GWe more (+0.5%) than at the end of 2016.
The Algerian oil and gas company Sonatrach has announced a nine-year gas supply contract with Spain for 9 bcm/year. Algeria is intensifying commercial relations with Europe, as Gas Natural Fenosa renewed its gas supply agreement with Sonatrach until 2030 in June 2018. Sonatrach currently supplies around 9.8 bcm/year to Gas Natural Fenosa.
The German and Dutch power transmission network operators Amprion and TenneT will integrate the first circuit of the 380 kV interconnection line between Doetinchem in the Netherlands and Niederrhein in Germany into the CWE market on 25 August 2018. The interconnection capacity between the two countries will then increase by 750 MW, from 5 000 MW to 5,750 MW, and by another 750 MW to 6,500 MW when the second circuit goes live in November 2018.