Pipeline politics

Global Europe 19-09-2018

Germany to build LNG plant in ‘gesture’ to US drive to sell more

Germany will choose where to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, the Bundesrepublik's economy minister said on Tuesday (18 September).
Energy 06-09-2018

The evolution and functioning of Europe’s natural gas market as a result of the Third Gas Directive

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are sometimes reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification.
Energy 06-09-2018

A ‘grand gas bargain’ with Russia is in the pipeline, experts believe

The European Commission's push to rewrite the EU's Third Gas Directive is doomed, but Brussels has not withdrawn its proposal because it is preparing a "grand bargain” with Russia, experts told a EURACTIV event on Wednesday (5 September).
Energy 30-08-2018

German company ‘fully committed’ to Nord Stream 2 despite fear of US sanctions

The German company Uniper said it was "fully committed" to the planed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, despite "a very bad feeling" about US sanctions against Russia. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner “Gazeta Wyborcza” reports.
Global Europe 30-08-2018

With attacks on Nord Stream 2, Washington ignores collateral damage

Standard political arguments of dependence are ineffective in times of a well-developed and diversified EU natural gas market. In the mid- to long-term, Trump's approach will damage European-American relations, Matthias Dornfeldt writes.
Azerbaijan 23-08-2018

After Trump attack on Russia ties, Merkel eyes Azeri gas

Castigated by US President Donald Trump as relying too much on Russian gas supplies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Azerbaijan this week to discuss the development of a southern pipeline to deliver gas to Europe from the Caspian.
Energy 20-08-2018

Putin and Merkel meet to find solution on gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

Russia and Germany are set to proceed with the completion of a second natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea between the two countries. EURACTIV's media partner Clean Energy Wire reports.
Energy 06-08-2018

Friendship no more: How Russian gas is a problem for Germany

For decades, the Friendship pipeline has delivered oil from Russia to Europe, heating German homes even in the darkest days of the Cold War. But the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline is becoming a problem for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Energy 19-07-2018

EU and Ukraine in tug of war over Naftogaz unbundling

The European Commission has repeated its insistence on breaking up the Ukrainian national gas and oil monopoly Naftogaz, separating transmission from production and supply, which the country had agreed to as a condition for receiving massive Western financing.
Energy 17-07-2018

Russia and Ukraine in EU-backed talks to avoid fresh ‘gas wars’

Officials from Moscow and Kyiv were set to gather in Berlin on Tuesday (17 July) for EU-backed talks on the future of the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine in a bid to minimise disputes when the current contract expires next year.
Energy 13-07-2018

Kremlin accuses Trump of trying to bully Europe into buying US LNG

The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.
Energy 11-07-2018

Trump begins NATO summit with Nord Stream 2 attack

US President Donald Trump launched a strong verbal attack on Germany on Wednesday (11 July) for its support to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, aimed at bringing more Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Global Europe 05-07-2018

EU lawmakers back plan for European Investment Bank work in Iran

EU lawmakers gave approval on Wednesday (4 July) for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, overcoming a blocking attempt and keeping alive plans to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned.
Central Asia 04-07-2018

China’s Belt and Road initiative, explained by Kazakhstan

Roman Vassilenko, deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, met on Wednesday (4 July) with a group of international journalists from around the world to field questions about his country's development and the China-promoted Belt and Road initiative.
Electricity 29-06-2018

EU, Baltics, Poland target Russia grid separation by 2025

The Baltic nations, Poland and the European Commission agreed Thursday (28 June) on a roadmap to synchronise the region’s electricity network with the rest of continental Europe’s by 2025 and end their reliance on the Russian grid.
Energy 27-06-2018

Bulgarian gas hub plans raise eyebrows in Brussels

Bulgaria launched a tender today (27 June) for a new gas link with Turkey in a push to persuade Russia to extend the second part of the Turkish Stream pipeline to its border rather than Greece.
Energy 12-06-2018

Poland wants to speed up progress on gas directive

Ten EU member states support Poland's position which calls for accelerating work on the amendment to the European gas directive, aimed against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Energy 12-06-2018

Three presidents inaugurate TANAP pipeline in Turkey

The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia will inaugurate today (12 June) the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a key section of Europe's long-delayed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), according to announcements made in the three country's media.
Energy 08-06-2018

All eyes on Denmark after Sweden awards Nord Stream 2 permit

Denmark is the last country still to complete its national permit procedure for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline designed to bring Russian gas offshore to Germany under the Baltic Sea, after Nord Stream 2 obtained a permit from the Swedish government yesterday (7 June).
Energy 07-06-2018

New Italian minister calls the TAP pipeline ‘pointless’

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte comfortably won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament yesterday (6 June), but divisions inside his coalition put at risk a major gas pipeline project, seen by Brussels as a cornerstone of EU’s energy security.
Azerbaijan 29-05-2018

Azerbaijan inaugurates Southern Gas Corridor key terminal

Azerbaijan inaugurated on Tuesday (29 May) a terminal that is planned to be the starting point of the first pipeline to transport gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, bypassing Russia.
Energy 24-05-2018

As expected, Vestager lets Gazprom off the hook

The EU's antitrust regulators have ended their investigation into Gazprom without imposing any fines, the Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Thursday (24 May). The Russian gas giant welcomed the EU's decision and promised to reform.
Energy 22-05-2018

Radev pleads in Moscow for ‘Bulgarian Stream’ pipeline

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev used the first day of an official trip to Moscow on Monday (21 May) to try and resurrect plans for a pipeline that would bring gas directly from Russia to Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, after it was cancelled in 2014.
Energy 18-05-2018

US: Nord Stream raises intelligence concerns

The planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany raises US intelligence and military concerns since it would allow Moscow to place new listening and monitoring technology in the Baltic Sea, a senior US official said on Thursday (17 May).