Europe

Spain, Germany Strengthen Alliance and Pressure on France to Build Gas Pipeline

At a time of a shifting balance of power within Europe, Spain and Germany's leaders vowed on Wednesday to strengthen their alliance and doubled down on their plan to build a new Pyrenean gas pipeline despite opposition from mutual neighbor France.

Germany, Spain Stick to Plan to Build New Gas Pipeline Despite French Opposition

Germany and Spain are sticking to their plan to build a new gas pipeline across the Pyrenees in defiance of French opposition, a joint action plan showed, as the leaders of the two European nations met in the northern Spanish city of La Coruna.

Gazprom Resumes Gas Exports to Italy Via Austria

Gazprom said the company and its Italian customers had found a solution following regulatory changes in Austria which halted flows entering Italy via a pipeline passing through Tarvisio in the northeast of the country.

Trafigura Exec: Europe May Avoid Gas Disaster This Winter, Next Could Be Worse

Europe may avoid a gas disaster this winter, thanks to signs of demand reduction and solid inventories, but next winter could be worse as the balance of gas will be much less, a top executive at energy trader Trafigura said on Tuesday.

Sweden Sends Diving Vessel to Investigate Nord Stream Pipelines After Leak

Sweden sent a diving vessel on Monday to the site of Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea that ruptured last week following blasts in the area, to probe an incident that has added new tension to Europe's energy crisis.

US Producers Boost LNG Exports to Europe Despite Output Constraints

U.S. producers of LNG boosted exports to Europe in September even as a plant outage kept overall shipments below the average for the first eight months of 2022, Refinitiv Eikon data showed on Monday.

Gas Starts Flowing to Poland Through New Baltic Pipe Pipeline

Gas started flowing to Poland through the new Baltic Pipe pipeline from Norway via Denmark and the Baltic Sea on Saturday morning, Polish gas pipeline operator Gaz-System said.

Greece-Bulgaria Gas Pipeline Begins Commercial Operation

(P&GJ) — The Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline, the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), started commercial operation on Saturday, according to ICGB AD, owner and operator of the IGB. The total length of the gas pipeline is 182 km (113 miles), and the designed capacity is up to 3 billion cubic meters per year.

Czechs, Poles Ask for EU Funding for Revived Gas Pipeline Project

The Czech Republic and Poland asked the European Commission on Friday to provide funding for a new gas pipeline that would connect the Czech Republic to the Polish network and its LNG terminals, the Czech Industry Ministry said.

Putin Accuses West of Blowing Up Pipelines as Europe Steps Up Vigilance

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday blamed the United States and its allies for blowing up the undersea Nord Stream pipelines, raising the temperature in a crisis that has left Europe racing to secure its energy infrastructure and supplies.

Netherlands Withdraws Exporting License from TurkStream Gas Pipeline

The Russian-owned operator of the TurkStream gas pipeline said on Thursday that the Netherlands had withdrawn its export license, but it will continue gas transportation, adding that it had requested the resumption of the license.

France to Reconsider Approving MidCat Gas Pipeline Across Pyrenees

French President Emmanuel Macron said three weeks ago he opposed the MidCat project, arguing that two existing pipelines across the Pyrenees which divide the Iberian Peninsula from France are under-utilized with flows going mainly toward Spain.

Kremlin Rejects Claims Russia Attacked Nord Stream Gas Pipelines

The Kremlin on Wednesday said claims that Russia was somehow behind a possible attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines were stupid, adding that the United States had opposed the pipelines and its companies had made big profits supplying gas to Europe.

EU Vows to Protect Energy Network After 'Sabotage' of Russian Gas Pipeline

The European Union on Wednesday promised a "robust" response to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure after saying it suspected sabotage was behind gas leaks discovered this week on subsea Russian pipelines to Europe.

IGB Pipeline Receives Operation Permit for The Territory of Greece

(P&GJ) — The operation permit for the Greek section of the interconnector Greece-Bulgaria was signed, allowing the start of the commercial operation of the pipeline on October 1, 2022.

P&GJ's Europe 500 Report of Top Pipelines

(P&GJ) — This list of pipelines serving Europe is intended to provide the industry with a listing of some of the longest transportation routes on the continent as of July 2022. This second such report will be broken down into two sections, gas and liquids (oil and products), which will be updated in each of our September issues going forward.

Mysterious Gas Leaks from Russian Pipelines to Europe Raise Sabotage Fears

Europe was investigating leaks in two Russian gas pipelines that churned up the Baltic Sea on Tuesday and raised concerns from Copenhagen to Moscow about sabotage on infrastructure at the heart of an energy standoff.

Pressure in Defunct Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Plunges Overnight, Cause Unknown

Authorities in Germany are trying to establish what caused a sudden drop in pressure in the defunct Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, with a spokesperson for its operator telling Reuters on Monday it could have been caused by a leak.

Equinor Strikes 10-Year Deal to Sell Gas to Poland's PGNiG

Norway's Equinor said on Friday it had entered into a 10-year agreement to sell natural gas to Poland's PGNiG as the central European nation scrambles to replace flows from Russia before the winter heating season kicks in.

Greece's Sole LNG Terminal Ramps Up Imports to Replace Russian Gas

Greece has cut Russian gas imports by more than half this year thanks to increased deliveries from other producers to its sole LNG terminal near Athens, the country's gas grid operator said on Thursday.

Greece Receives Two Binding Bids for Alexandroupolis Port

Situated in northern Greece, near the borders with Bulgaria and Turkey and with a floating gas storage and regasification unit, Alexandroupolis has potential as an energy hub for central Europe.

Spain-France Gas Pipeline Capacity Increased and Available, Spain Says

Enagas and French counterpart Terega have maximized the use of compressors in the link that goes from the northern Spanish town of Irun across the Pyrenees mountain range, boosting its capacity by 1.5 billion cubic meters a year.

Portugal to Face Supply Shortage If Nigeria Fails to Deliver All LNG Due

Portugal could face supply problems this winter if it does receive all of the LNG it is due from Nigeria, the European Union country's environment and energy minister said on Monday.

Mongolian President Advocates for Russia-China Oil, Gas Pipelines via Mongolia

Russian energy giant Gazprom hopes to build the Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline via Mongolia to China with a view to exporting 50 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the route by 2030.

Baltic Pipeline Starting to Flow Gas this Month

(P&GJ) — The $2 billion Baltic Pipe is scheduled to start flowing Norwegian natural gas to Poland on Sept. 27, a government official said, marking a key step in Europe‘s drive toward energy independence from Russia.

Portugal Urges France to Back MidCat Gas Pipeline Across the Pyrenees

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa has urged France to stop blocking the proposed MidCat gas pipeline across the Pyrenees noting it would help central and eastern Europe wean themselves off Russian gas.

Turkmenistan Pipe Dreams: Russia, China Both Make Overtures

(P&GJ) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has quickly transformed the West’s relationship with Russia. It’s forged Russia’s closer alignment with China. It seems that 2022 is becoming the year when everyone is rethinking the circles of power, especially in Eurasia.

EU's Breton Says Unclear If Gas Pipeline from Spain Makes Economic Sense

European Union industry chief Thierry Breton said on Thursday it was uncertain whether a pipeline connecting the Spanish and French gas grids would be profitable.

France to Resurrect Abandoned Pipeline to Supply More Winter Gas to Germany

France is reactivating a disused pipeline in its northeastern Moselle administrative department, originally built for east-to-west flows, to send Germany gas under an energy deal unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron, according to French officials.

France’s President Rejects France-Spain MidCat Gas Pipeline Project

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was opposed to the France-Spain MidCat gas pipeline project, arguing that capacity on two existing cross-Pyrenees gas pipelines was underutilized and that gas flows were going mainly in the direction of Spain.