Pipeline politics

Europe risks €87 billion in stranded fossil gas assets, report reveals

Europe is already building or planning to build €87 billion worth of fossil gas infrastructure in a continued expansion of pipelines and LNG terminals, despite the need to halve its emissions by 2030, according to a new report published on Thursday (8 April).
Global Europe 12-03-2021

Biden takes a Realpolitik approach on Nord Stream 2

US President Joe Biden appears to be backing down from blocking the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, signalling that the White House recognises the construction of the $11-billion project is too advanced to be stopped, and that it risks jeopardising the transatlantic alliance, write Robert Dillon and Martin Jirušek.
Global Europe 09-03-2021

US Republicans warn Biden against Nord Stream 2 ‘backdoor deal’

Leading Republicans have warned President Joe Biden against striking a "deal through the back door" with Germany on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. They are also calling for further sanctions against companies involved in the Baltic Sea project.
Energy 04-03-2021

Athens and Cairo mull changing the route of EastMed pipeline

Greece and Egypt are discussing the possibility of changing the route of East-Med gas pipeline in order to tackle the technical difficulties of the project as well as respond to the question of its economic viability.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

How to solve the Nord Stream 2 dilemma

If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and ammunition to fend off criticism from those who want...
Global Europe 24-02-2021

EU says it does not need Nord Stream 2, but only Germany can block it

The European Union does not need the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for its energy security but any decision to stop the project carrying Russian natural gas to Germany would have to come from Berlin, a senior European Commission official said on Tuesday (23 February).
Global Europe 23-02-2021

US sees progress against Nord Stream 2 amid calls for more action

The United States said Monday (22 February) it had seen progress from European companies moving out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, but critics urged stronger action.
Global Europe 06-02-2021

Germany backs Nord Stream 2 ‘for the time being’: Merkel

Germany is sticking with its support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline "for the time being", Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday (5 February) after condemning Russia's expulsion of diplomats from Sweden, Germany and Poland.
Global Europe 27-01-2021

White House says Biden believes Nord Stream 2 pipeline is ‘bad deal’ for Europe

President Joe Biden believes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a “bad deal for Europe” and his administration will be reviewing restrictions on the project included in a bill that passed during the Trump administration, the White House said.
Energy 26-01-2021

The Brief – EU energy diplomacy, a carrot that could become a stick

Energy is one of the oldest tools in the diplomatic policy box and it should come as no surprise that the EU appears to be actively seeking to export its climate change policy.
Energy 26-01-2021

German government, businesses come forward in support of Nord Stream 2

The German government said it will not abandon the Nord Stream 2 project, despite US sanctions and calls by the European Parliament to impose EU measures against the Russian-backed gas pipeline project over the Navalny case.
Climate change 20-01-2021

Competition or cooperation? EU, US enter new era of climate diplomacy

As Joe Biden takes the reins of a tumultuous America, analysts have tempered expectations about the ability of the new US administration to closely align with Europe on climate change.
Global Europe 19-01-2021

Gazprom bond prospectus acknowledges risk over Nord Stream 2

Russian gas producer Gazprom has acknowledged in a Eurobond prospectus seen by Reuters on Tuesday (19 January) that there are risks that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project may be suspended or scrapped amid political pressure.
Global Europe 18-01-2021

Zurich Insurance to drop out of Nord Stream 2 project

Zurich Insurance Group will drop out of Russia's Nord Stream 2 project in the face of looming US sanctions against European companies that support construction of the $11 billion gas pipeline, two sources familiar with the situation said.
Energy 14-01-2021

US tells European companies they face sanctions risk on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The US State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face a risk of sanctions, a spokesperson confirmed.
Energy 01-01-2021

Serbia opens Russian-Turkish gas project portion

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić on Friday (1 January) opened a portion of a Russian gas project running through his country and hailed it as key for the security of its energy supply.
Energy 23-12-2020

Nord Stream 2 pipelaying to begin in Danish waters in January

The Danish Maritime Authority has said that construction will begin in January on the stretch in Danish waters of the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is to bring Russian gas to Germany.
Azerbaijan 11-12-2020

TAP pipeline is bringing EU energy policy to Azerbaijan

The construction of the TAP pipeline could set an example of what a project developer’s role should be – to build a commercial infrastructure project, while mitigating any potential environmental and social challenges, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Azerbaijan 10-12-2020

Greece becomes ‘most important hub for alternative gas’ in Southeast Europe

As the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) became operational last month, a Greek official stated that his country had become the most important hub for gas from sources other than Russia in Southeastern Europe, also thanks to its LNG terminals.
Azerbaijan 09-12-2020

Bulgaria’s gas dependence on the Kremlin slowly loosens

With the implementation of the IGB (Greece-Bulgaria) interconnector, Bulgaria could reduce its dependence on imported Russian gas by 50%, but the project, declared a priority more than ten years ago, continues to be delayed. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Azerbaijan 08-12-2020

TAP pipeline meets 12% of Italy’s gas demand

Before the Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP) was built, Italian businesses were paying a higher price for energy compared to their European peers, said Vugar Veysalov, head of external affairs at TAP. The new pipeline, which will also supply Greece and Bulgaria, will bring greater flexibility of prices, he told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Azerbaijan 07-12-2020

Commission welcomes arrival of ‘Caspian gas’ to EU countries

The European Commission welcomed on Friday (4 December) the start of the operations of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the last stretch of the Southern gas corridor, thanks to which gas pumped from the Shah Deniz offshore gas field in Azerbaijan started reaching Italy.
Energy 04-12-2020

Russia’s Trojan Stream under the Black Sea

The EU’s tacit acceptance of the TurkStream is a serious and dangerous misjudgement of the perils this diversionary pipeline presents, writes Olga Bielkova.
Azerbaijan 19-11-2020

The news you possibly missed: TAP pipeline up and running

Neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor the Nagorno-Karabakh war could stop Azerbaijan from finalizing the TAP project, and the first Azerbaijani gas had been already supplied to European consumers, writes Shahmar Hajiyev.