Pipeline politics

Energy 30-06-2021

‘Making whole’ Nord Steam-2’s opponents

Poland and Ukraine have long opposed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and both claim that their financial and political losses should be compensated.  But in fact, they were already ‘made whole’, Danila Bochkarev writes.
Global Europe 02-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – It takes two to tango

Ahead of US President Joe Biden’s maiden trip to Europe in mid-June, Germany and the United States are holding talks in Washington in a bid to settle the long-running row over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The timing of...
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
Energy 12-11-2020

What if Nord Stream 2 is never completed?

It may sound counterintuitive, but the cancellation of Nord Stream 2 might be in Russia’s best interests: the shift from well-tested on-land infrastructure over to the risky undersea pipelines threatens Gazprom’s most valuable asset – the trust of its customers,...
Energy 03-11-2020

Poland fights uphill battle over Nord Stream 2

Warsaw’s objections regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are not linked with the energy security imperative or energy market distortions. It is actually unclear how the launch of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline could negatively affect Poland’s energy market, writes Danila Bochkarev.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Climate change 18-02-2020

Putting a lid on Russia’s planet-heating methane emissions

Although Russia has made great strides to decrease methane flaring in recent years, it still lags badly behind neighbouring gas producing countries like Norway. And gas flaring is only part of the story, because it doesn’t take account of leakage, says Lukas Trakimavičius.
Global Europe 07-02-2020

Why Belarus cannot replace Russian crude?

A month has passed since Russia withheld its regular oil supplies to Belarus, and the country is not out of the woods yet. Mateusz Kubiak argues that any diversification is likely to remain limited.
Energy 10-12-2019

Turkey-Libya Mediterranean deal is about energy and extending Ankara’s influence

Ankara’s moves in the Mediterranean Sea reflect President Erdoğan’s ambitions to make Turkey a leading country. But its unilateralism is unnecessarily aggravating tensions in the region and, as usual, leaves it to Brussels and Washington to sort it out, writes Henri J Barkey.
Azerbaijan 03-09-2019

Turkmenistan should promote the Trans-Caspian Pipeline more actively

Iran and Russia are opposing the implementation of the Trans-Caspian project, which is supported by Azerbaijan and is in the EU’s interest, writes Shahnar Hajiev.
Energy 19-08-2019

US-Russia rivalry in the Middle East is now spilling over into the Mediterranean Sea

Most oil and gas experts agree that the East Med Pipeline Project is a pipe dream that cannot compete with cheap Russian gas. But America’s enthusiastic support for it is more about a re-alignment of alliances, and securing energy supply, writes Nour Samaha.
Energy 26-06-2019

The Visegrad 4 and Russian pipelines: An imaginary unity

The Nord Stream II pipeline gave birth to a seemingly united front among several Central and Eastern European states objecting to the project, including Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. That, however, is far from the truth, writes Martin Jirušek.
Energy 29-05-2019

Exploring the limits of EU’s unbelievable behaviour on Nord Stream 2

In April, the Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 company initiated legal proceedings agains the EU under the Energy Charter Treaty. If an amicable solution cannot be found, the case will set an important precedent for EU energy policy, write Kim Talus and Leigh Hancher.