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30/09/2016

EU and Algiers look forward to more gas business

Topic: pipeline politics


Europe's East 26-09-2016

After striking murky gas deal, Ukraine bows to West

The fight for the control over a profitable company that transports Russia's gas to Europe exposed the clan warfare and backstabbing that surrounds Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and hampers Kyiv's bid to anchor its ties to the West.
Energy 20-09-2016

Work to continue on Czech-Polish gas interconnector despite doubts

The Czech and Polish Prime Ministers have agreed to continue a gas interconnection project between their two countries, despite continued doubts about implementation.
Energy 05-09-2016

New discoveries improve the Southern Gas Corridor’s prospects

Azerbaijan said natural gas produced in the Absheron offshore gas field in the Caspian Sea could be exported through the Southern Gas Corridor. Until now it was planned that only gas from Shah Deniz 2, another offshore field, would be sent to Europe.
Energy 31-08-2016

Sefcovic embarks on third trilateral gas talks on Ukraine

Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said he will visit Kyiv on 2 September to discuss energy reforms and lay the groundwork for trilateral talks with Ukraine and Russia that he hopes will help ensure uninterrupted gas supplies in the winter.
Energy 30-08-2016

Turkmenistan says in talks with EU on possible gas deliveries

Turkmenistan is discussing diversifying its gas exports and selling gas to European Union countries, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said yesterday (29 August) at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Energy 24-08-2016

Nord Stream 2 faces loss of financial and political support

The legitimacy of the extension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany is being seriously undermined by regulatory and political headwinds, writes Jack Sharples.
Energy 10-08-2016

EU allocates €187.5 million for Finnish-Estonian gas link

The European Commission has allocated 187.5 million for building a gas pipeline, the Balticconnector, between Finland and Estonia, the Commission said today (10 August).
Energy 09-08-2016

Russia-Turkey rapprochement revives Turkish Stream pipeline talks

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (8 August) that Ankara was ready to take steps towards the implementation of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project.
Energy 08-08-2016

Greek energy minister ‘positive’ on South Stream construction

Greece’s energy minister Panos Skourletis yesterday (7 august) said that Athens was positive on the prospect of South Stream pipeline construction.
Energy 01-08-2016

US energy envoy: North Stream 2 could resurrect cold war divisions

The controversial North Stream 2 gas pipeline project has the potential to resurrect cold war divisions in Europe, US Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein said, before calling for greater competition with Russia's Gazprom through increased LNG imports.
Transport 01-08-2016

Tsipras to 'upgrade' ties with Sofia after Turkish turmoil

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will focus on energy, transport infrastructure and migration, as he today (1 August) seeks to strengthen ties with Bulgaria and stabilise south eastern Europe after the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Energy 29-06-2016

Borissov asks EU to come clean on ‘geopolitical’ energy projects

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said today (29 June) he will insist that the European Union once and for all makes clear its position on big energy projects involving Russia, in which his country has interest.
Energy 21-06-2016

Offshore gas seen as game changer in Israel-Turkey relations

The relations between Turkey and Israel have been marred since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago, after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists. But huge offshore gas discoveries in the Israeli and Cypriot economic zone have become a game changer.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Bulgaria refuses to join NATO Black Sea fleet against Russia

Bulgaria has refused to take part in a joint ‘common NATO’ fleet of Romania Ukraine and Turkey, aimed at deterring Russia in the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced today (16 June). The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that he had refused the proposal for such a fleet made by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis …

Energy 16-06-2016

Gazprom warns of steep gas transit cuts via Ukraine after 2020

Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine will fall steeply after 2020 once state gas giant Gazprom has built a new pipeline under the Baltic Sea, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said today (16 June).
Energy 10-06-2016

First pipeline imports to open up Greek gas market

The first gas deliveries by pipeline from a Greek private supplier are set to bring the Greek gas market closer to liberalisation and put pressure on Sofia and Athens to sign a longstanding “interconnection agreement” for gas imports.
Energy 08-06-2016

Putin says South Stream, Turkish Stream still on the table

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (7 June) that Russia had not "definitively" canceled either the South Stream or Turkish Stream European gas export pipeline projects, but needed a clear position on them from Europe.
Energy 08-06-2016

EU regulators raid Romania's Romgaz, Transgaz, OMV Petrom

EU antitrust regulators have raided Romanian state-owned gas producer Romgaz, gas pipeline operator Transgaz and top oil and gas firm OMV Petrom, over the suspected blocking of gas exports to other EU countries.
Energy 07-06-2016

EU to vet member states’ gas deals with Russia

The European Council decided on Monday (6 June) that gas-related intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between member states and third countries would be vetted by the Commission before they are signed. For non-gas related IGAs, a lighter procedure will apply.
EU Priorities 2020 01-06-2016

Lajcak reassures Brussels ahead of Slovak presidency

Miroslav Lajčák, the foreign minister of Slovakia, presented his country’s EU presidency priorities in front of a large Brussels audience today (1 June), in an effort to dispel fears that Bratislava will hijack the platform to promote its own national agenda.
Energy 01-06-2016

Sefcovic doubts that ‘another South Stream’ would be commercially viable

Asked to comment on the eventuality of a rebirth of the South Stream gas pipeline, Energy Union Vice President Maroš Šefčovič yesterday (31 May) voiced doubts that the project would be commercially viable in the first place.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

EU to label Russia a 'strategic challenge'

Until the illegal annexation of Crimea, the European Union had labelled Russia its "strategic partner". But in the new EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which is expected to be unveiled at the end of June, the bloc will label Russia its “strategic challenge”, a diplomat said yesterday (30 May).
Energy 26-05-2016

Romanian refinery business airs ‘geopolitical’ fears

The head of the Romanian company supplying crude oil to the country's refineries has warned of a ‘geopolitical situation’ that may block the Black Sea and dry up the sector, unless the EU helps build pipelines to bring crude oil from the Italian port of Trieste.
Energy 24-05-2016

EU and Algiers look forward to more gas business

Officials from Algeria, the European Union and energy firms meet in Algiers today (24 May) in an attempt to get their energy cooperation back on track and find ways to pump more gas north again after years of dwindling exports.