Rise in energy production in Iran.
China was the main contributor to the increase in global energy production, as its coal output grew for the first time after three years of reduction.
Higher global energy prices spurred oil and gas production in the United States, after the 2016 drop.
Energy production continued to decline in the European Union, owing to the moderate growth in energy consumption, lower primary electricity production (nuclear and hydro) the depletion of oil and gas resources and the climate policy that eventually implies the exit of coal.
Large oil and gas exporting countries (Russia, Iran after the end of international sanctions, Canada or Nigeria to a lesser extent) as well as the fast-developing countries (India, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil) have been the main contributors to the energy production increase in 2017. Conversely, Saudi Arabia's energy production was affected by the OPEC production cut agreement.
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South African miner Exxaro Resources is looking forward to supply coal to state-run power utility Eskom, which is facing critical supply shortages and currently has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power plants in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The group suffers from significant financial difficulties and only focuses on supporting its coal-fired plants.
Japanese gas utility Tokyo Gas intends to diversify its LNG procurement portfolio, but will not seek to raise its LNG purchases from the United States. The group recently began to receive LNG volumes from Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefaction terminal (Maryland, US) and has also signed agreements to purchase fuel from the Cameron LNG project (Louisiana, US). However, Tokyo Gas will rather seek to have the most diversified LNG supply portfolio as possible.
Pakistan state-run hydropower company Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has synchronized the third and last unit of the 1,410 MW Tarbela-4 extension hydropower project with the domestic power grid. The project is located on the Indus river in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region (Pakistan) and entails three turbine-generator units with a capacity of 470 MW each. With the completion of the project, the total capacity of the Tarbela power plant will increase from the current 3,478 MW to 4,888 MW.
The governments of Ghana and Burkina Faso have inaugurated the 225 kV interconnection line, a 188-km long line spreading from Bolgatanga (Ghana) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The 100 MW line paves the way for exporting of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso.