Pipeline politics

Global Europe 21-01-2022

Polish Green MP: Sadly, the German Greens couldn’t stop Nord Stream 2

While the German Greens in the coalition government succeeded in blocking Nord Stream 2 at the certification stage, there are fears the SPD could prevail, and the pipeline becomes operational, according to Urszula Zielińska, a Polish MP in an interview with EURACTIV.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Analysis: In Ukraine crisis, Germany faces tough decisions over Nord Stream 2

Germany could find itself in a no-win situation if Russia invades Ukraine, pitting Berlin's main gas supplier against its most important security allies.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Germany signals it could halt gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

Germany signalled on Tuesday (18 January) that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill fails in US Senate, Menendez tables alternative legislation

The US Senate on Thursday (13 January) failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Gazprom quizzed on high energy prices, EU’s Vestager says

The European Union's anti-trust chief on Thursday (13 January) said she had asked gas companies including Gazprom about tight supplies after accusations the Russian giant was holding back extra production that could be released to lower soaring prices.
Global Europe 11-01-2022

Biden administration calls in on Democrat senators ahead of Nord Stream 2 vote

Several Democratic US senators said late on Monday (10 January), after meeting with Biden administration officials, that they believe sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany. Under Secretary of...
Energy 10-01-2022

Greece fumes as Washington loses interest in EastMed gas pipeline

The United States is no longer supporting the construction of EastMed gas pipeline project as Washington’s interest is now switching to renewable energy sources, according to a State Department statement. According to Greek media, the move profits Turkey.
Energy 07-01-2022

Bulgaria vents fury over Greek company building IGB pipeline

Bulgaria continues to be depleted of revenue because of persistent delays in completing the gas interconnector with Greece, energy minister Alexander Nikolov said in parliament on Thursday (6 January).
Energy 31-12-2021

Hoping for cheaper gas to come, Europe reverses Russian link to tap storage

Gas traders are relying on stockpiles to supply European buyers and avoid paying near record-high prices, industry sources and market analysts said, explaining the unusual reverse in direction of flows through a major Russian pipeline.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Russia says failure to certify Nord Stream 2 is not an option

Russia believes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will get the necessary certification and eventually start working, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told RBC media on Wednesday (29 December).
Energy 28-12-2021

Pundits: Foul play on the Bulgarian gas market profits Russia

The Bulgarian state-owned gas import company Bulgargaz wrote to the State National Security Agency (DANS) to report that competing interests seek to sabotage by jeopardising the agreement between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan on importing 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Energy 22-12-2021

Ukraine’s Naftogaz complains to EU over Gazprom’s abuse of dominant position

The Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz filed on Wednesday (22 December) a competition law complaint with the European Commission against Russia’s Gazprom for "abusing its dominant position" on the European gas market, calling on EU authorities to take immediate measures to normalise the situation.
Energy 20-12-2021

German government row over Nord Stream 2

The honeymoon period of the new German “traffic light” government may officially be over: vice chancellor Robert Habeck has threatened to block the contentious Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as part of sanctions against Russia, revealing tensions within the coalition over the project.
Energy 17-12-2021

Romania will start extracting gas from Black Sea in 2026, minister says

Romania could become almost energy independent when Romgaz and OMV Petrom extract the first barrels of natural gas from the Black Sea, according to energy minister Virgil Popescu.
Energy 13-12-2021

New German government repeats old fallback positions on Nord Stream 2

The new German chancellor and the foreign minister made statements over the weekend, which didn’t signal a shift of policy with respect to the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline compared to the positions of the Merkel administration.
Global Europe 08-12-2021

Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘under threat’ if Russia invades Ukraine

US officials have told members of Congress they have an understanding with Germany about shutting down the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine, a senior congressional aide told Reuters on Tuesday (7 December).
Energy 02-12-2021

Naftogaz CEO: Certifying only the Nord Stream 2 last mile is ‘a mockery of EU rules’

The Ukrainian position is that since Nord Stream 2 is not compliant with EU rules, it should not be certified, the CEO of Ukraine’s gas and oil state company Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko told a conference in Brussels.
Global Europe 02-12-2021

European insurers fear sanctions coming down Nord Stream 2 pipe

A simmering threat of sanctions against the operator of the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline risks shutting off cover from European insurers for the politically-sensitive project to bring Russian gas directly to Germany.
Global Europe 30-11-2021

Tusk names Nord Stream 2 as Merkel’s ‘biggest mistake’

Donald Tusk, the former president of the European Council and leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), criticised the decision of the outgoing German government on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Germany to Russia.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Classified document sheds light on US-Germany Nord Stream 2 conciliation effort

A classified document which was made public reveals how Berlin is working with Washington to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Global Europe 23-11-2021

US imposes further sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russia calls them ‘illegal’

The Kremlin on Tuesday (23 November) said new sanctions imposed by the United States in connection with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were illegal and wrong, especially at a time when Moscow and Washington are attempting to rebuild dialogue.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

Analyst: EU must force Gazprom to supply gas to Russia-Ukraine border

In an exclusive interview, Ilian Vassilev, a former Bulgarian ambassador to Russia who became an entrepreneur and analyst, discussed the stakes around Nord Stream 2 pipeline and provided useful insights at a time when the European Commission should certify the controversial gas project.
Global Europe 18-11-2021

Polish PM scolds Germany on Nord Stream 2 as Warsaw ‘defends EU border’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany should stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe if it wants to work for peace, linking the project to his country's handling of migrants on the Belarus border.
Energy 16-11-2021

German regulator puts brake on Nord Stream 2 in fresh blow to gas pipeline

Germany's energy regulator has suspended the approval process for a major new pipeline bringing Russian gas into Europe, throwing up a new roadblock to the contentious project and driving up regional gas prices.