Pipeline politics

Azerbaijan 15-10-2020

Azerbaijan warns over pipelines as Nagorno-Karabakh tensions rise

Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday (14 October) of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines and warned of a “severe” response as tensions rose sharply around a fraying ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Poland slaps €6.45 billion fine on Gazprom over Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Poland's anti-monopoly watchdog on Wednesday (7 October) said it was demanding Russian gas giant Gazprom pay a €6.45 billion fine over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Russia to Germany.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

Nord Stream 2 must be stopped immediately

Allowing the construction of Nord Stream 2 has been a mistake from the beginning and should be stopped immediately, argues Urmas Paet.
Global Europe 09-09-2020

Poland calls on Germany to halt Nord Stream 2 amid Navalny case

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Wednesday (9 September) on Germany to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as Warsaw sees the project as a threat to the stability of the region. Nord Stream 2,...
Global Europe 28-08-2020

EU to sanction Turkey’s energy sector, pushes for de-escalation

EU foreign ministers agreed on Friday (28 August) on a list of sanctions against Turkey in the event that Ankara does not de-escalate its actions in the increasingly tense Eastern Mediterranean, including illegal drilling for oil and gas.
Energy 24-08-2020

Azerbaijani gas in Turkish market, perspectives for partnership

Diversification of supplies, including the recent discovery by Turkey of gas in the Black Sea are welcome developments that are unlikely to impact on Azerbaijani gas being a very favourable option for the Turkish gas market, writes Esmira Jafarova.
Energy 17-08-2020

EU urges Turkey to halt gas hunt in east Mediterranean

The European Union urged Turkey on Sunday (16 August) to "immediately" stop exploring for gas in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean, as tensions rise with other countries in the region.
Energy 07-08-2020

Strategic gas interconnector Greece-Bulgaria on bumpy road

The construction of a strategic EU-supported pipeline which is expected to break the monopoly of Russian gas on the Bulgarian market has hit a snag. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Energy 04-08-2020

Ukraine says no plans to resume gas purchases from Russia

Ukraine's state energy firm Naftogaz said it would not resume buying natural gas from Russia, suspended since late 2015, until Moscow offered it competitive prices and conditions.
Energy 28-07-2020

US pipeline sanctions: Reality check

US pipeline sanctions suggest a deliberate misreading of the European gas market and a paternalistic “America knows best” view of how Europeans should manage their energy commerce, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Energy 16-07-2020

Challenging Germany, US opens way for sanctions on Russia pipeline

Escalating pressure on Germany, US President Donald Trump's administration opened the way Wednesday for tough sanctions as the ally moves forward with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.
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.
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