Gas

Energy 15-02-2017

EU gets wake-up call as Gazprom eyes rival TAP pipeline

Gazprom's bid to tap into a pipeline meant to wean Europe off Russian gas threatens to undermine a pillar of European energy policy and slow plans to develop rival deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

Energy 13-02-2017

The price is right? Crunch time for EU carbon market reform

Lawmakers in the European Parliament are voting on Wednesday (15 February) to give a new lease of life to the EU’s emissions trading scheme, which puts a price on global warming emissions. But will they get the price right? Euractiv looks at the expectations from the reform.

Banks give €1 billion to build “Smart Europe”

Investors and the banking community have agreed to pour €1 billion into the modernisation and digitalisation of Europe, Council of the Regions President Markku Markkula said today (7 February).

Energy 07-02-2017

Europe’s coal generation: The final curtain call?

European Commission plans for the Energy Union, tabled on 30 November, have set the clock ticking for the EU's coal industry, whose days are now numbered. But proponents of coal say the industry is not down yet and highlight the need for a fair transition to clean energy.

Energy 07-02-2017

New data platform tracks EU wind power demand

Industry association WindEurope launched a new platform yesterday (6 February) that analyses wind power demand across Europe, an initiative backed by EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič.

Gas 06-02-2017

The Brief: EU is a desperate energy junkie

Energy can be a dirty business. But when you import more than half your supplies every year, sometimes you just have to get a deal done.

Energy 03-02-2017

Can the Energy Union become a growth engine for Europe?

The Energy Union is an unparalleled opportunity for the EU to boost energy its efficiency, cut imports and create consumers money. To achieve this, we must unlock the potential of smart systems and embrace digitalisation, writes Anton Koller.

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Putin heads to Hungary to widen cracks in EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest today (2 February), as the Kremlin looks to widen cracks in the EU over sanctions.

Energy 01-02-2017

Gazprom cuts flows via Opal gas pipeline after Polish challenge upheld

Russian gas deliveries to Germany via the Opal pipeline fell by around 30% today (1 February) after Poland successfully blocked a deal giving Gazprom a bigger share of the pipeline's capacity.

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Kazakhstan changing to secure continuity

Kazakhstan and the wider region of Central Asia are on the cusp of significant change, albeit largely unrecognised by the rest of the world, writes Kamran Bokari.

Energy 27-01-2017

Sefcovic: ‘Everybody wants to be on good terms with us’

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told EurActiv.com that the Trump administration may be more protectionist than its predecessor. But he is not worried about the impact on the energy market, despite Europe’s immense import needs.

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Energy 25-01-2017

European cold spell: Gas system delivers warmth and comfort

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The flexibility of our gas infrastructure ensures that European citizens can rely on warm houses and undisturbed energy supplies, even when temperatures drop, as they have recently.

Energy 19-01-2017

Commission insists Greece must privatise 66% of DESFA gas grid

Europe's top energy official said today (19 January) that Greek authorities should privatise a majority stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, after a deal collapsed last year.

Energy 17-01-2017

Gazprom says exports to Germany hit record high in 2016

Russian gas producer Gazprom said yesterday (16 January) its gas exports to Germany hit a record high last year and have surged since the start of this year.

Energy 04-01-2017

Russian envoy warns of looming gas crisis for EU

Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's ambassador to the EU, warned in an interview published on Tuesday (3 January) of the risk for European countries of remaining in the cold, as Ukraine is pumping gas from the underground storage intended to ensure the security of supply in winter.

Energy 03-01-2017

Iran certifies 29 international companies to bid for oil, gas projects

Iran has named 29 companies from more than a dozen countries as being allowed to bid for oil and gas projects using the new, less restrictive Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) model, the oil ministry news website SHANA reported yesterday (2 January).

Energy 12-12-2016

Fischer: Gas can flow via Nord Stream 2

Western companies should participate in managing the Ukrainian gas transit system, German Energy Envoy Peter Fischer told EurActiv Slovakia at the SET Plan – Central European Energy Conference X in Bratislava.

Energy 12-12-2016

Russia: ‘Illegal’ Ukrainian fining of Gazprom puts EU consumers at risk

Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak has called a $6.6 billion fine imposed by a court in Ukraine on his country’s gas export monopolist Gazprom illegal, and warned of “new risks for European consumers”.

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Transport 09-12-2016

Alternative fuels and cleaner transport: From policy to reality

With 94% of depending on traditional fuels, the current European transport sector requires up to €1 billion a day and is responsible for a quarter of EU carbon emissions.

Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.

Energy 06-12-2016

Ukraine ready to join trilateral gas talks in Brussels

Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on 9 December in Brussels, the country’s state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account yesterday (5 December).

Energy 06-12-2016

EU countries near compromise on countering Russian gas supply risks

EU nations are edging toward a compromise on a proposal to guard against gas supply disruptions, agreeing to share details on contracts and cooperate across borders, the Slovak presidency said yesterday (5 December).

Energy 05-12-2016

Five offers made for use of Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector

Five binding offers have been submitted for the use of the natural gas pipeline between Bulgaria and Greece, the joint venture building the link said in a statement.

Energy 02-12-2016

Pipelines and LNG in Europe: Competitors or complementary projects?

The presence of alternative supplies – in the form of liquefied or pipeline gas fixing a price ceiling - and a well-functioning, competitive EU gas market, will hedge European consumers against high energy prices, writes Danila Bochkarev.