Pipeline politics

Energy 26-06-2020

EU’s Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus ‘must stop’

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday (25 June) that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.
Energy 05-06-2020

US senators move to tighten sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream

US senators announced a bill on Thursday (4 June) expanding sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream natural gas pipelines and targeting the projects Washington says will boost Moscow's economic and political influence in Germany and other European countries.
Energy 03-06-2020

Nord Stream 2: New decisions and clear consequences

On 15 May, the German regulator rejected an application from the gas import pipeline Nord Stream 2 for a derogation from new EU rules. Kim Talus looks at the ongoing judicial proceedings and the consequences of the decision.
Energy 02-06-2020

Hungary banks on Balkan Stream to triple capacity of gas supply to Slovakia

Hungary will triple the capacity of a natural gas pipeline border interconnector towards Slovakia by 2024, enabling the pipeline to carry more than 5 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, the foreign minister said on Tuesday (2 June).
Energy 26-05-2020

Russian gas transit via Poland has almost halted

Russian natural gas transit via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which traverses Poland, has almost dried up, Interfax cited gas pipeline operators as saying on Monday (25 May), days after a gas transit deal between Moscow and Warsaw expired.
Energy 19-05-2020

Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted maintenance at oil and gas projects and refineries from Russia’s Far East to the coast of Canada, storing up problems for an industry already reeling from slumping prices, analysts say.
Energy 17-05-2020

Germany denies Nord Stream 2 pipeline waiver of EU rules

Germany’s energy regulator on Friday (15 May) declined to grant a waiver of European Union gas directives to the operators of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, dealing a fresh blow to the project to carry gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Energy 04-05-2020

Pipe-laying vessel reaches Baltic as Russia’s Nord Stream 2 target looms

A special pipe-laying vessel that could be used by Russia to complete construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany has arrived in the Baltic Sea, a Reuters witness said on Sunday (3 May).
Energy 29-04-2020

Another ‘Russian pipeline deadline’ approaches – this time with Poland in focus

European gas consumers, especially in Germany, are dependent on Poland’s willingness to set reasonable transit tariffs for the Polish section of the Yamal gas pipeline. But a deadline looms, and the risk of disruption exists, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Energy 13-03-2020

German court rejects last claim against Nord Stream 2

The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg has ruled that the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline project could continue, rejecting a complaint over a plot of land through which the pipeline should pass and finally clearing the path for the German-Russian project. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 13-03-2020

US shale under pressure to make ‘at least’ 25% price cuts

US shale producers are seeking sharp service costs cuts to deal with plummeting prices and shrinking demand, according to executives and a letter sent to top providers, driving home the oil industry’s desperate efforts to cope with a market dive.
Energy 11-03-2020

Nord Stream 2 in the hands of Akademik Cherskiy

The Russians have sent their only pipe-laying vessel equipped with dynamic positioning system – Akademik Cherskiy – to Europe. But can the tiny ship without previous experience in pipe-laying do the job, Mateusz Kubiak ponders.
Energy 02-03-2020

The road to 2050 should be fossil gas pipelines free

All scenarios prepared by transmission grid operators feature very high shares of gas in Europe’s future energy mix. Does that make any sense at all? No, says Wendel Trio.
Climate change 18-02-2020

Putting a lid on Russia’s planet-heating methane emissions

Although Russia has made great strides to decrease methane flaring in recent years, it still lags badly behind neighbouring gas producing countries like Norway. And gas flaring is only part of the story, because it doesn’t take account of leakage, says Lukas Trakimavičius.
Azerbaijan 13-02-2020

Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor ‘almost ready’, says Azebaijan’s SOCAR

A 25-year supply contract has been signed with Italy, and the first Azeri gas is expected to start flowing before the end of 2020, said Vitaly Baylarbayov, deputy vice president of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.
Energy 12-02-2020

Gazprom hopes bulk of US LNG flows to be diverted to China, not Europe

Russian gas giant Gazprom hopes China rather than Europe will take the bulk of US LNG volumes after a trade deal between Washington and Beijing, a company official said.
Global Europe 07-02-2020

Why Belarus cannot replace Russian crude?

A month has passed since Russia withheld its regular oil supplies to Belarus, and the country is not out of the woods yet. Mateusz Kubiak argues that any diversification is likely to remain limited.
Competition 03-02-2020

Bulgaria mulls re-opening Gazprom antitrust probe

Because of Bulgaria's discontent, Gazprom risks re-opening the antitrust case the European Commission had led against the Russian gas export monopoly over suspected abuse of its dominant position in the Eastern European gas market, EURACTIV.bg has learned.
Energy 09-01-2020

Turkey, Russia launch Turkish Stream pipeline carrying gas to Europe

The presidents of Turkey and Russia on Wednesday (8 January) formally launched the Turkish Stream pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey, part of Moscow’s efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine.
Energy 03-01-2020

EU welcomes EastMed gas pipe deal as ‘one option’ to strengthen energy security

The European Commission has said the EastMed natural gas pipeline deal signed by Cyprus, Greece and Israel yesterday (2 January) is a “welcome development” but insisted on exploring further the cost-benefits of the different options.
Energy 31-12-2019

Russia and Ukraine finalise gas deal just ahead of New Year deadline

Moscow and Kyiv on Monday (30 December) signed a five-year agreement on the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine, after months of difficult talks but just ahead of a looming New Year deadline.
Energy 30-12-2019

Additional line to Turkish Stream would face US sanctions

EXCLUSIVE: US sanctions will apply to any additional lines to the Russia-sponsored pipeline Turkish Stream, EURACTIV has learned. Serbia has already competed and Bulgaria is building expensive infrastructure to import gas from Turkish Stream and carry it further to Hungary and Austria.
Energy 25-12-2019

Ukraine sets new tariffs for Russian gas transit to Europe

Ukraine has approved tariffs for Russian gas transit and granted a licence to its new gas pipeline system operator, the necessary steps on the way to complete a new 5-year deal for Russia's gas supply to Europe, its regulator said on Tuesday (24 December).
Energy 25-12-2019

How US sanctions could hit Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas project

US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions last week on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline designed by Moscow to bypass Ukraine and increase gas supplies via the Baltic Sea to Germany, Russia’s biggest energy customer.
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