Europe

Nord Stream 2 Pipe-Laying Vessel Nears Project Hub

A Russian pipe-laying vessel, expected to help complete the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline, is heading towards a pipeline storage yard for the project in Germany, according to ship-tracking data.

Belarus Resumes Pipeline Transit of Russian Oil to Poland

Belarus resumed transit of Russian oil to Poland, after pipeline operator PERN said it had to temporarily suspend flows due to local power-supply issues.

TechnipFMC Awarded EPCI Contract for Equinor Breidablikk Pipelay and Subsea Installation

Oil and gas services frim Technip FMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract for Equinor's Breidablikk subsea pipelaying project.

EU Considers Binding Methane Emissions Standards for LNG

The European Union has released a new draft of proposed standards on natural gas within the bloc in an effort to limit methane emissions.

DNV GL Leads Hydrogen Readiness Study for Italian Gas Network

Oil and gas research firm DNV GL has been hired by Italian utility company SGI to assess the feasibility of switching the company's gas distribution network to hydrogen.

Gazprom Sees European Gas Glut in 2021

Gazprom said on Monday that it expects oversupply of the European gas market to continue into 2021.

Polish Regulator Fines Gazprom $7.6 Billion Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Polish energy regulators have fined Gazprom $7.6 billion for building the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline without approval from Warsaw, the country's watchdog said on Wednesday.

New Gas Pipeline Could Heat up Azeri-Russian Rivalry

Strained Azeri-Russian ties are facing further pressure from the launch of a major gas pipeline this year that could squeeze Moscow's gas sales to Europe.

Ukraine Could Export Gas to Europe This Winter

Ukraine has collected a record volume of natural gas in storage this year and says it is open to exporting some of its stores to the European market if conditions are right.

Norway Could Cut 22% of Oil and Gas Output if Workers Strike

Norwegian oil firms plan to close down 22% of the country's oil and gas output, or 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, if workers go on strike next week, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said.

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.