Pipeline politics

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).
Energy 17-05-2018

Gas market liberalisation: Does Europe really want it?

Almost ten years after the implementation of the Third Energy Package, the risk of backtracking on liberalisation looks very real as policymakers seem increasingly frustrated at having “given away” power to the market, writes Luca Franza.
Energy 16-05-2018

Europe grapples with Dutch gas production ‘collapse’

For the first time, the Netherlands became a net importer of gas last year, reflecting the inexorable decline in production from Europe’s North Sea fields – an issue EU policymakers are only starting to come to terms with.
Competition 15-05-2018

Commission to announce peace deal with Gazprom by next week

EU regulators will settle their antitrust case with Gazprom by next week, people close to the matter said on Monday (14 May), after the Russian energy giant pledged to change its pricing structure and allow rivals a foothold in eastern Europe.
Energy 15-05-2018

Academic: ‘Huge progress’ in EU gas markets but supply still an issue

The integration of European gas markets has made strides over the last fifteen years, bolstering energy security in Eastern EU countries as a result, says Jonathan Stern. But the collapse of Dutch production means Russia will probably remain at the centre of the game for years to come, he cautions.
Energy 14-05-2018

Gas market liberalisation: An unsung EU success story?

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a major success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification. Ironically, Europe is now more dependent on Russian gas than ever.
Energy 09-05-2018

Poland rolls out big legal gun against Nord Stream 2

Poland, the EU country at the forefront of efforts to stop the Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline project, announced on Wednesday (9 May) it launched legal proceedings against Gazprom and the five EU companies involved in the project, warning they risk fines of up to 10% of their annual turnover.
Energy 08-05-2018

Turkmenistan to tap into Southern Gas Corridor

Gas swaps in which Iran plays a central role could open the door for Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country with ample gas reserves, to become an important player on the EU gas market, according to media reports.
Energy 27-04-2018

Building energy infrastructure is not a zero-sum game

Full electrification does not mean decarbonisation, writes Marco Alverà.  Infrastructure which carries natural gas today will be needed in future to carry increasing amounts of biomethane, green hydrogen as well as to store energy more efficiently than power lines or batteries, he argues.
Energy 16-04-2018

The EU must stop funding gas infrastructure projects with taxpayer money

It is time for the EU to stop investing public money in additional gas-infrastructure, says S&D vice-president Kathleen Van Brempt.
Europe's East 10-04-2018

Merkel: No Nord Stream 2 without guarantee for Ukraine’s gas transit role

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (10 April) that plans for a controversial second underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russia could not go forward without Ukrainian involvement in overland transit.
Energy 28-03-2018

Germany approves Russia gas pipeline amid growing tensions with Moscow

German authorities on Tuesday (27 March) issued a final approval for a new gas pipeline from Russia, risking higher tensions with eastern neighbours fearful of European energy dependence on Moscow.
Global Europe 21-03-2018

Pro-Gazprom bias detected in European Parliament vote on PCIs

A motion introduced by the Green group to oppose “projects of common interest” based on fossil fuels was rejected by a large majority of MEPs last week (March 14), but among those who supported it were MEPs who traditionally support Russia.
EU-China 21-03-2018

EU study weighs linking power grid to China’s

The European Union’s scientific research centre has explored the idea of linking the power grids of Europe and China, in order to tap into the immense clean energy potential of the Middle Kingdom and the countries of Central Asia.
Future EU 19-03-2018

Merkel to push for EU unity on delicate Poland trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will emphasise bilateral ties and the need for European unity when she meets with top Polish officials, amid ongoing differences between the allies over Polish judicial reforms, migration and a new gas pipeline.
Global Europe 13-03-2018

Mogherini urges Gazprom to resume Ukraine gas flows

The European Union yesterday (12 March) called on Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom to fulfil its contractual obligations and resume shipments to Ukraine.
Azerbaijan 06-03-2018

Germany provides €1.2 billion loan for Southern Gas Corridor

The German Ministry of Finance will provide €1.2 billion to help Azerbaijan finance its part of the Southern Gas Corridor project, Deutsche Welle reported.
Energy 06-03-2018

Putin, Borissov discuss energy projects, again

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed big energy projects with Russian participation in Bulgaria during a telephone conversation yesterday (5 March).
Europe's East 06-03-2018

Russia’s EU ambassador: ‘Donbass is part of Ukraine’

In a wide-ranging interview on Monday (5 March), Russia’s ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov discussed Syria and eastern Ukraine, the current tensions between Gazprom and Naftogaz, as well as the Italian election.
Energy 05-03-2018

Russia tells EU gas supplies via Ukraine under no immediate threat

Russia's Energy Ministry said on Saturday (3 March) that gas giant Gazprom's intention to terminate contracts with Ukraine poses no immediate threat to natural gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.
Energy 05-03-2018

EU Council removes Nord Stream 2 legal hurdles

The European Commission has proposed to extend EU internal energy market rules to cover offshore gas pipelines. But the legal services of the Council – representing EU member states – has opposed the EU executive's legislative proposal.
Energy 02-03-2018

Snow-hit Ukraine faces gas squeeze as Gazprom holds back supplies

New tensions between Moscow and Kyiv flared yesterday (1 March) after Russia's Gazprom said it will not restart gas supplies to Ukraine and Naftogaz accused its counterpart of violating contractual agreements.
Energy 01-03-2018

Ukraine’s Naftogaz claims $2.56 bln victory in Gazprom legal battle

Ukrainian state-owned energy firm Naftogaz said yesterday (28 February) Russia's Gazprom would have to pay it $2.56 billion after a Stockholm court found in Naftogaz's favour in the final stage of a long-running legal battle.