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21/01/2017

Pipeline focus at Istanbul World Energy Congress

Topic: pipeline politics


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 11-01-2017

As Russia's gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.
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 19-12-2016

Ukraine invites EU monitors to prevent another gas crisis

Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz has asked the EU today (19 December) to send a monitoring mission immediately to entry and exit points of Ukraine’s gas transport system, in an effort to prevent another gas crisis.
Energy 19-12-2016

Poland appeals to European Court over Opal pipeline decision

Poland has appealed to the European Court of Justice over a European Commission decision to give Gazprom more capacity on the Opal gas pipeline through Germany, Polish media reported yesterday (18 December), citing a foreign ministry spokesperson.
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”.
Energy 08-12-2016

EU nations agree to let European Commission vet gas, oil deals

EU nations agreed yesterday (7 December) to allow the European Commission to vet their oil and gas deals with third countries like Russia to guard against anti-competitive practices and supply disruptions.
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.
Energy 01-12-2016

Privatisation of Greek gas grid operator DESFA fails

Greece said yesterday (30 November) that talks to sell a 66% stake in gas grid operator DESFA to Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, SOCAR, were not successful.
Energy 29-11-2016

Gazprom gets greater access to Germany's Opal gas pipeline

Germany's energy regulator and Gazprom have agreed terms of a deal giving the subsidiaries of the Russian group greater access to the Opal gas pipeline, which the European Union approved a month ago.
Energy 15-11-2016

Putin warns Merkel Russian gas piped to EU could be siphoned off in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (14 November) of the risk of Ukraine siphoning off Russian gas destined for Europe, the Kremlin said.
Europe's East 09-11-2016

Western energy investment in Moldova depends on election result

Energy majors are lining up to obtain hydrocarbon exploration projects in Moldova but the outcome is dependent on the result of the upcoming presidential election, according to a former Romanian energy minister. EurActiv Romania reports.

Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EurActiv.com.

What President Trump could mean for energy and climate policy

Before Donald Trump was elected America's new president in yesterday’s elections (8 November), experts told EurActiv.com that his presidency would have a corrosive effect on global and EU climate and energy policy.
Energy 08-11-2016

Commission opens door to further Gazprom blackmail

A recent decision of the European Commission puts the whole European diversification and energy security strategy in jeopardy, and Poland and Ukraine may take legal action against the EU executive, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
Energy 04-11-2016

The (German) politics behind Nord Stream 2

An unlikely coalition is emerging in Germany between Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens. More and more, both parties want to stop the construction of a second pipeline that will transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, explains Judy Dempsey.

Energy 03-11-2016

Gazprom says EU not needed as mediator for gas sales to Ukraine

Russia's Gazprom yesterday (2 October) played down the EU's decision to ease access to the Opal gas pipeline, crucial to Moscow's plans to boost supplies via the Baltic Sea, and dismissed the bloc's role as mediator in a row with Ukraine.
Energy 02-11-2016

How Putin is losing his grip on pipeline politics

Growing global LNG trade and the expansion of gas-transport infrastructure have transformed the markets, and Russia will bear the brunt of this change, writes  Agnia Grigas.
Energy 26-10-2016

EU to rule on Gazprom pipeline link to Germany by 31 October

The European Union will decide by Monday whether to ease restrictions on Russia's access to a gas pipeline link to Germany, two people close to the issue said yesterday (25 October).
Energy 18-10-2016

Poland puts hopes in ‘Northern Gate’ gas pipeline

Poland made the case today (19 October) for the “Northern Gate” gas pipeline project, designed to bring gas from the Norwegian shelf across Denmark to Poland.
Energy 11-10-2016

Pipeline focus at Istanbul World Energy Congress

Major pipeline projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP were the focus of the 23rd World Energy Congress which opened in Istanbul yesterday (10 October) in the presence of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.