Breakdown by country (bcm)



First decline in US gas consumption since 2009.

Asia and Russia pull natural gas consumption upwards (3%)

Global gas demand that had been rising since 2014 accelerated in 2017, spurred by Asia, which accounted for 1/3 of the additional demand. China was the largest contributor to the increase in gas consumption, in line with its coal-to-gas substitution policy. Economic growth also helped gas demand increase in India, Japan and South Korea (low nuclear availability for these two countries).
Economic recovery and higher heating needs gave a boost to Russian gas demand, which accounted for nearly ¼ of the additional demand worldwide.
Gas consumption also continued to grow at a steady pace in the Middle-East, especially in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and in Africa, mainly in Egypt (rise in domestic production) and in Nigeria.
Improved economic conditions and lower nuclear and hydropower availability in Europe contributed to raise European gas consumption again, especially in Germany and in southern Europe (Turkey, Italy, Spain, and Portugal). It declined in the United Kingdom over milder temperature and fierce competition from renewables in power generation.
In North America, gas consumption posted its first drop in seven years the United States, due to the lower electricity demand, competition from renewable power sources and relatively high hydropower generation, whereas it surged in Canada.

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Eni and Sonatrach may increase gas supply agreement beyond 2019 (Algeria)

The Italian oil and gas company Eni has signed a cooperation agreement with its Algerian counterpart Sonatrach to tap hydrocarbon resources in the Berkine basin (Algeria). Besides, they also agreed the commercial conditions for the 2018-2019 year in line with the gas market and have started negotiation to look into extending the gas supply shipped from Algeria to Italy beyond the contractual deadline of 2019.


TransCanada commissions the US$1.2bn Topolobampo gas pipeline (Mexico)

The infrastructure company TransCanada has commissioned the US$1.2bn Topolobampo natural gas pipeline project in northern Mexico, which will ship 670 mcf/d (19 mcm/d or 6.9 bcm/year) to local markets in the states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.


Gazprom gas production up by 8.5% in 1st semester 2018 (Russia)

According to the state-run company Gazprom, exports of Russian gas to non-CIS (Community of Independent States) countries went up by 5.8% between January and June 2018 to reach 108.9 bcm. The largest hikes were reported in Germany (+12.2% or + 3.5 bcm), Austria (+52.3% or + 2.1 bcm), the Netherlands (+61.9% or +1.4 bcm), France (+12.5% or 0.8 bcm), Croatia (+45%, +0.6 bcm) and Poland (+6.7%).


India mulls over 25% safeguard duty on solar imports from China

The Indian Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended the implementation of a 25% safeguard importation duty on solar cell imports from China and Malaysia for a 2-year period. The proposal has not yet been approved by the government and the duty will start at 25% in the first year, then be reduced to 20% for the first six months of the second year and to 15% in the final six month period. The proposal is very similar to the safeguard duty levied by the United States in January 2018, which set up anti-dumping tariffs on imported solar cells and modules at 30% during the first year and then gradually declining to 15% after a 4-year period.