Europe

UAE, Israel Discuss Pipelines, Infrastructure for Gas Exports to Europe

The energy ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Israel discussed possible cooperation and investment opportunities, including natural gas exports to Europe, in a video call on Wednesday, an Israeli statement said.

U.S. Charges Former Manager of European Oil Firm over Graft in Ecuador

The U.S. Justice Department has charged a former manager of a European oil trading firm with paying bribes of $870,000 to help win a contract from Ecuador's state-run oil firm.

Austrian Utility OMV Sells Gas Pipeline Unit to Rival Verbund

Austrian utility OMV said on Wednesday it will sell a majority stake in its gas pipeline subsidiary to rival Verbund, a deal that will help OMV reduce debt and finance its acquisition of a leading plastics maker.

Top Shipping Insurance Group Will Not Cover Ships Linked to Nord Stream 2

The world's largest group of shipping insurers will not insure vessels involved in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipeline projects because of the threat of U.S. sanctions.

Norway to Spend $1.8 Billion on World's First Full-Scale CCS Chain

Norway has agreed to finance nearly $2 billion for what could be the world's first full-scale carbon capture and storage project.

Russian Ship Sails for Nord Stream 2 Supply Base in Germany

Recent tracking data showed a Russian ship heading towards the German base of Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as the Kremlin seeks to push forward with the project.

Germany Offered to Build LNG Terminals to Avert U.S. Pipeline Sanctions - Die Zeit

A new report from a German newspaper says that the country told the U.S. it would spend $1.2 billion to build two LNG terminals in exchange for not imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

German State Leader Says Nord Stream 2 Should not be Used to Punish Russia

The leader of the German state where the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is to come onshore has said the pipeline should not be used as punishment against the Kremlin for the poisoning of a ciritc of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Part 2: Background of the Ukraine’s Mega-Challenges

Since 2014, Ukraine has undertaken considerable reforms to reinforce macroeconomic stability and bolster the foundations of growth. After a significant contraction in 2014-2015, economic growth has picked up (2.4% in 2016-2017, 3.5% in 2018-2019). However, higher sustained economic growth is needed to deliver a durable improvement in living standards.

Norway’s Gas Field Fairy Tale

Norway has given its big gas field in the Barents Sea a fairy tale name: Snøhvit (Snow White). Now the fairy tale continues with the next phase of development called Askeladd.

German Chancellor Dampens Talk of Halting Nord Stream 2 — Party Sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel downplayed the possibility of halting Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to the poisoning of a top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Italy Can be Hydrogen Hub with Pipeline Imports from Africa - Snam

Italy could become a clean energy hub for Europe by piping hydrogen produced in North Africa from solar power at 10-15% less than it costs to produce locally, according to a new study.

Merkel Doesn't Rule Out Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday.

Hungary Signs Gas Deal with Shell, its First in the West

Hungary has signed a six-year deal to purchase 250 million cubic meters of LNG from Shell, its first gas deal with a western company.

Germany Pressed to Rethink Nord Stream 2 Pipeline After Navalny Poisoning

The German government is feeling pressure to dampen its support for the Kremlin's Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after a major political opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin was confirmed to have been poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

Pipeline Conference To Explore Germany’s Hydrogen Grid

Join the inaugural Pipeline Opportunities Conference – EMEA (POC-EMEA) from your home or office on September 17 and gain insight into the ongoing challenges operators and service companies face in the region.

Hydrogen Delivers New Future for Holland’s Pipeline Network

The European Union’s ambitious decarbonization policies and plans for a green economic recovery will have repercussions on the continent’s pipeline networks, none more so than Holland’s.

Europe Faces High Hurdles to Make Hydrogen Hype Reality

The European Union's goal to increase the use of zero-carbon hydrogen faces steep challenges as the move would require billions in investments from countries already reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Greece, Bulgaria Hail Deal Targeting Russia Gas Dominance

Greece and Bulgaria sought to reduce their reliance on Russian gas with the signing Monday of an agreement that will allow Bulgaria to participate in a planned LNG terminal in northeastern Greece.

Draft of EU Methane Strategy Shies Away from Binding Emissions Standards

A draft of the European Union's strategy to reduce methane emissions in the region will not impose binding standards on natural gas imported and sold in the bloc.

EU 'Highly Concerned' by U.S. Stance on Nord Stream Pipeline

A delegation of members within the European Union has raised concerns with the U.S. state department regarding sanctions imposed by the country on companies involved in the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

U.S. Senators Take Aim at German Port Over Russia Pipeline

Three U.S. Senators have threatened to impose sanctions on those involved in providing supplies to Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline project out of a small German port.

Ukraine Says no Plans to Resume Gas Purchases from Russia

Ukraine has said it would not resume buying natural gas supplies from Russia until Moscow offers competitive terms and pricing.

Poland Fines Gazprom $57 Million Over Nord Stream 2

Gazprom has been fined nearly $60 million by Polish energy regulators for failing to cooperate with requests regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

U.S. Keen to Ensure Russian Pipeline Does not Threaten Europe — Pompeo

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday that the U.S. will do everything it can to ensure Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline does not pose a security threat to Europe.

Work Completed on World’s Longest Hydraulically Inserted Pipe

The world's longest hydraulically inserted pipe has been installed nearly 100 feet below the Humber River in Northern England.

Pipeline Rupture Halts Gas Flows from Bulgaria to Greece

Gas flows on a pipeline in southern Bulgaria which transports Russian natural gas to Greece were halted on Monday due to a rupture in the pipeline.

Delayed Romanian Black Sea Gas Projects Pose Risk to Pipeline

Romania is looking to finalize plans to build a pipeline through Eastern Europe but delayed plans to extract gas from the Black Sea leave the project in doubt.

Czech Gas Firm Scales Back Poland, Austria Interconnector Plans

Net4Gas, a Czech gas pipeline operator, has scaled back and delayed plans to build new pipeline connections with Poland and Austria according to the company's new investment plan.

U.S. Extends Sanctions on Companies for Work on Russian Pipelines

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that the country will be extending sanctions against companies working on two major Russian pipelines if the firms do not halt their work.