Europe

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The Russian-owned operator of the TurkStream gas pipeline said on Thursday that the Netherlands had withdrawn its export license, but it will continue gas transportation, adding that it had requested the resumption of the license.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

South East Europe, Balkans Get Ready for US LNG Shipments

(P&GJ) — The 105 Bcf/year (3 Bcm/year) Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline is expected, after long delays, to become operational this autumn, allowing Bulgaria to access more LNG via Greece. The timing could not have been better; Gazprom recently cut off all supplies to Bulgaria following Sofia’s refusal to pay for Russian gas in rubles.

Equinor, Wintershall Dea Consider Building 560-Mile Pipeline to Capture CO2 Under North Sea

Equinor and Wintershall Dea eye the construction of a 900-km (560-mile) long pipeline to transport CO2 from northern Germany to storage sites offshore Norway before 2032. The pipeline is expected to have a transport capacity of 20 million to 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Operator Gascade to Build First Pipeline Linking LNG to German Gas Network

German pipeline operator Gascade said on Tuesday it would provide what is expected to be the first pipeline connecting LNG to the German gas network.

Spain Criticizes France Over Reluctance to Finish Pyrenees Gas Pipeline

A Spanish government minister on Tuesday criticized France's reluctance to support reviving a project to build a third gas connection through the Pyrenees mountains to reduce Europe's reliance on Russian gas.

Wintershall Dea CEO: 'Insane' Prices Will Make People Abandon Gas

Wholesale gas prices have scaled "insane" levels that will ultimately hurt demand, although the lack of Russian gas means Europe's supply will be tight for several years, the CEO of German oil firm Wintershall Dea said on Tuesday.

TotalEnergies Sells 49% Stake in Russian Gas Field to Novatek

TotalEnergies agreed to sell to Novatek its 49% interest in Russia’s Termokarstovoye gas field back in July based on the company’s publicly shared principles of conduct for its Russian related business.

CPC Terminal Repairs to Delay Russian, Kazakh Crude Exports

Russian and Kazakh oil exports via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium's (CPC) Black Sea terminal face at least one month's disruption each once repairs begin on two of its three single mooring points, CPC confirmed on Tuesday.

Canada Examines Feasibility of Direct LNG Exports to Europe

Canada is exploring ways to see if there is a business case to export LNG directly to Europe from its east coast, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.