Author Archive: Simon Nicholas

Energy Finance Analyst Simon Nicholas, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Nicholas joined the IEEFA team in July 2016, after 16 years’ experience within the finance industry at ABN Amro, Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Sydney and London.

IEEFA Australia: NSW Government accepts that thermal coal is set for major decline

A moratorium on new thermal coal mining capacity is needed to avoid chaotic employment impacts

The New South Wales (NSW) Treasury has concluded in a technical paper for the 2021 NSW Intergenerational Report that “global demand for coal is expected to weaken considerably”. The report further notes that “Declining global demand for coal will reduce New South Wales’ economic growth over the projection period and will have impacts both on […]

IEEFA: Pakistan is planning to end coal imports, worsening outlook for South African coal

The growing and irreversible risks being faced by South African coal exporters

As Thungela Resources’ CEO attempts to talk up the future of the Anglo American coal spin-off, South Africa’s second largest coal export destination Pakistan is planning to bring coal imports to an end. Thungela CEO July Ndlovu recently stated that a “just transition” for developing nations requires the continued operation of existing coal-fired power plants […]

IEEFA: New power and energy master plan must be designed in Bangladesh’s best interests, not Japan’s

JICA must deliver a low or zero emissions plan as promised, not fund Matarbari 2 coal plant

24 May 2021 (IEEFA Bangladesh): Clear understandings from the Bangladesh government’s recently released 8th Five-Year Plan must be incorporated into the new energy and power master plan currently under development by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to drive zero carbon transformation and financial sustainability in the energy system, finds a new report from the […]

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

IEEFA: Fossil fuel pressure and risks mounting for multilateral development banks

Further reliance on coal and LNG will lead to ever larger and unsustainable fossil fuel subsidies

“Gas is over”, proclaimed chief of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, at the beginning of this year as he stated clearly the bank’s vision for an end to unabated use of fossil fuels. European officials have since also called for the World Bank to phase out lending for gas projects globally in addition […]

April 19, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Bangladesh needs a renewables focus, not a switch from ‘coal to gas’

Renewables are cheaper and more sustainable than gas imports, and can provide better energy security in developing nations

The emerging markets of Bangladesh and Vietnam are alluring for foreign energy companies looking to make money in the region. But these nations stand to lose both economically and environmentally through a pivot from coal to gas. Such a switch risks hindering investment into renewable energy and derailing climate progress across the continent. In Bangladesh, […]

April 13, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Ghana: Reliance on LNG means increased fuel price risk and further unaffordable generation contracts

African nations must learn from developing Asia's expensive fossil-fuelled power problems

Ghana is set to become the first Sub-Saharan nation to import LNG as the government continues its attempts to renegotiate unaffordable power generation contracts. LNG is being pushed in emerging nations as a clean transition fuel that is “critical” for development. It is neither of these things. In fact, the need for expensive, associated LNG […]

March 30, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Proposed switch from coal to LNG threatens renewable energy development in Asia

Renewables offer an ever cheaper, financially sustainable and energy secure alternative, better able to support developing nations

A concerted effort by the U.S. gas industry to push LNG onto developing Asian nations is jeopardising renewable energy investment across the continent. Vietnam’s new draft long term energy plan indicates lowering coal power ambition but increased focus on LNG is included at the expense of solar power development. Meanwhile GE has been working to […]

March 22, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Why Bangladesh shouldn’t count on a fossil fuel future

Around US$50 billion of LNG projects in Asia at risk of cancellation

Two astonishing figures have circulated in the Asian energy sector in the past month: LNG prices have increased by 1000% since record lows of April 2020, and Vietnam has increased its rooftop solar by 9,000 megawatts (MW) within 12 months. The two figures represent two different potential futures that Bangladesh could choose: the former points […]

February 3, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Growing risks for US$50 billion of Mozambique LNG projects

The security situation has worsened, and developers face major challenges amid growing investor ESG concerns

French oil and gas company Total is facing increased security concerns at its US$20 billion Mozambique LNG project. The company has been removing staff from the project site as a three-year old Islamist militant insurgency in the northern province of Cabo Delgado escalates further. Total’s Mozambique LNG is one of two projects located on the […]

February 1, 2021 Read More →