Europe

Bulgaria Begins Construction on 106-Mile Gas Pipeline to Serbia

Bulgaria began construction on Wednesday of a long-delayed natural gas link with neighboring Serbia that will allow flows of non-Russian gas to Belgrade and boost the security of supplies in southeastern Europe.

Australia and Germany to Invest $90 Million for Joint Hydrogen Supply Chain Projects

Australia and Germany have earmarked $35.5 million and $54.4 million, respectively, towards a joint initiative to establish a green hydrogen supply chain, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said on Friday.

ICE to Open London Gas Hub, Creating Route Around EU Price Cap

The Intercontinental Exchange plans to launch a "parallel market" in London for Title Transfer Facility gas trading next month, it said on Friday, providing a way for market participants to avoid the European Union's gas price cap.

Sempra Energy Strikes 20-Year LNG Supply Deal with Poland's PKN ORLEN

Sempra Energy said on Wednesday it would supply 1 MTPA of LNG from its Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project to Poland's PKN ORLEN SA for 20 years.

Gascade and Fluxys Step Up Plans for North Sea Hydrogen Pipeline

Pipeline operators Gascade and Fluxys are stepping up the pace on plans for a green hydrogen pipeline in the North Sea by applying to the European Commission to qualify for fast-track approvals and funding, they said on Monday.

Russian Gas Exports to Europe Plunge 22% in January - Reuters

Daily pipeline gas exports by Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom to Europe fell 22% in the first half of January compared with December amid milder than usual weather, Reuters calculations show.

Germany Must Speed Up Hydrogen Plans – Pipeline Group OGE

Germany must accelerate a hydrogen law revision, which is pending in Berlin, to allow for related investments in gas transport networks up to the end of the decade, said the head of gas pipeline operator, Open Grid Europe (OGE).

Bulgaria Looking to Revive 186-Mile Trans-Balkan Pipeline Project

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is holding talks with neighboring Greece to build the 300-km (186-mile) trans-Balkan pipeline to transport crude oil from the Greek port of Alexandroupolis on the Aegean Sea to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas in an effort to secure non-Russian oil.

Former Gazprom Unit Sefe Has Secured Regasification Capacity at Dunkirk

German gas importer Sefe has secured 3.5 Bcm of regasification capacity in Dunkirk and is closing in on new LNG import deals, its boss said, mapping out the former Gazprom division's future strategy.

Wintershall Dea Urges Germany to Clear CO2 Exports for Storage

German oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea urged Berlin on Monday to clear exports of carbon dioxide to European neighbors that would be buried in so-called carbon capture and storage facilities.

Snam Seen Boosting Italy's Gas Security with Spending on LNG, Grid

Europe's biggest gas grid operator Snam is expected to increase investments to boost its transport, storage and LNG businesses in the next four years, in a move to reinforce Italy's energy security.

Uniper Sells Stake in BBL Pipeline to Spain's Enagas for $81 Million

Uniper has agreed to sell its 20% stake in the BBL gas pipeline, a 235-km (146-mile) pipeline that links Britain with the Netherlands, to Spanish grid operator Enagas for $81 million.

Guyana's Oil Exports Double, with Europe Taking Half of Cargoes

Guyana's oil exports jumped 164% last year, boosted by growing output and demand for the newest Latin American oil producer's light sweet crudes, particularly in Europe, where thirsty refiners ramped up imports to replace Russian supplies.

UK Court Rules $1.15 Billion Funding for Mozambique LNG Project is Lawful

The British government's funding of up to $1.15 billion for an LNG project in Mozambique is lawful, a London court ruled on Friday, dismissing an appeal by Friends of the Earth.

Germany in Talks with Iraq Over Possible Gas Imports

Germany is in talks with Iraq over the possibility of importing natural gas from the oil-rich country, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday, as Berlin scrambles to diversify its energy sources to replace a drop in Russian fossil fuel shipments.

Russia Suggests Sweden Has 'Something to Hide' in Nord Stream Blast Probe

Russia questioned on Thursday whether Sweden had "something to hide" over explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year, as it slammed Stockholm for not sharing information in the ongoing investigations into the blasts.

French Gas Operator GRTgaz Seeks Interest in Building Hydrogen Pipeline

French gas transmission system operator GRTgaz on Thursday opened a Call for Interest, or invitation to participate, to determine the viability of building a hydrogen transport pipeline linking the French side of the Franco-Spanish pipeline BarMar with a local storage facility.

German Green Group Files Complaint Seeking Shorter LNG Terminal License

A German environmental group has lodged a complaint calling for the operating license of a new floating LNG terminal at Wilhelmshaven to be shortened by a decade, citing its discharging of chlorine and risks to Germany's climate targets.

Spain to Ask EU For Extension to Iberian Gas Price Cap Until End 2024

Spain will seek European Union permission to extend its temporary cap on reference prices for natural gas and coal used by power plants until at least the end of 2024, Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said on Monday.

EU Energy Regulator to Launch LNG Price Assessment on Friday

European Union energy regulators will start publishing a daily LNG price assessment on Friday, the first step in the EU's plan to form a new European benchmark price for the super-chilled fuel.

Eni, Snam Join Forces on Algeria-Italy Gas Pipelines

Italian energy group Eni and gas grid operator Snam have clinched a partnership to jointly manage their assets in the gas pipelines connecting Algeria to Italy, the companies said on Tuesday.

Global Pipeline Construction Outlook 2023

(P&GJ) — Seldom has a new year arrived with the degree of supply and demand uncertainty facing global energy markets at the start of 2023. Pipeline & Gas Journal's annual survey of global construction activity reflects a renewed emphasis on energy security after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

DNV Completes Verification for 195-Mile Section of Baltic Pipeline

(P&GJ) — Energinet has received Certificates of Conformity from DNV for its offshore Baltic Pipe project section. Its part of the project comprises 105 km (65 miles) of pipeline in the North Sea and 210 km (130 miles) underground pipeline across Denmark.

Bulgaria Signs 13-Year Gas Deal with Turkey

Under the new 13-year agreement, Bulgargaz would be able to use Turkey's LNG terminals for cargo shipments, which would be transported via Botas's gas network to Bulgaria.

Kazakhstan to Raise Supply of Oil to Germany Via Druzhba Pipeline in 2023

Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft said Kazakhstan's KazTransOil had requested 1.2 million tonnes of capacity on the Druzhba pipeline for 2023 to facilitate extra oil shipments to Germany, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Poland Ready for Russian Oil Ban, Seeks Pipeline Sanctions

Poland is prepared for a Russian ban on oil sales to countries implementing a price cap, the climate minister said on Thursday, with the country having cut its intake of Russian crude and secured alternative supplies from producers such as Saudi Arabia.

Russia Ready to Resume Gas Supplies to Europe Via Yamal-Europe Pipeline

Moscow is ready to resume gas supplies to Europe through the Yamal-Europe Pipeline, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told state TASS news agency.

Russian Pipeline Gas Exports to Europe Fall to Post-Soviet Low

Russian gas exports to Europe via pipelines plummeted to a post-Soviet low in 2022 as its largest customer cut imports due the invasion of Ukraine and the Nord Stream pipeline was damaged by mysterious blasts

German Companies Plan to Invest More in Africa in 2023

A poll of businesses shows German companies want to boost their activities in Africa next year, especially in areas such as green hydrogen and LNG.

Italy Court Ruling Allows Work on Tuscan LNG Terminal to Proceed

An Italian administrative court has ruled against a request for a precautionary halt on works for a new LNG terminal in the Tuscan port city of Piombino, saying it did not pose an immediate threat to public safety.