Europe

Spain Minister Urges Firms to Curb Russian LNG Imports

Spain's Energy Minister Teresa Ribera urged Spanish companies on Monday to reduce imports of LNG from Russia and search for alternatives and said the country was readying a contingency plan for the winter in order to help EU neighbors.

ICGB Completes Greece-Bulgaria Natural Gas Pipeline

Greece and Bulgaria on Friday marked the completion of the 180-km (112-mile) pipeline between the two countries which they hope can contribute to ending Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

Austria Orders Industry to Make Switch from Natural Gas to Oil

Austria will order industry and utilities to make plants run on alternatives to natural gas where possible, especially oil, its energy minister said on Tuesday, as the country scrambles to hoard gas in case Russia cuts it off.

Minister: Greece Can Cope with Possible Russian Gas Disruptions Thanks to LNG

Greece can cope well with potential cuts in Russian gas supply due to the availability of LNG as an alternative, its energy minister said on Monday after a meeting with energy suppliers and grid operators on energy security.

Norway Oil Ministry Approves Hiked Gas Output at Several Offshore Fields

Norway's oil ministry on Monday said it had approved adjusted production permits for six offshore fields but that would not change the expected amount of gas Norway would export in 2022.

Canada Sees Repsol LNG as Fastest Way to Boost Gas Supply to Europe

Canada's East Coast has only enough natural gas supply to accommodate one new LNG export facility, and the project that would boost shipments to Europe the fastest is Repsols, Canada's environment minister told Reuters.

Spain Restarts Natural Gas Flows to Morocco on Maghreb-Europe Pipeline

Natural gas has started flowing from Spain towards Morocco through a pipeline that stopped flowing in November amid a diplomatic row between Morocco and Algeria, data from Spanish gas grid operator Enagas showed on Wednesday.

Equinor, Fluxys Plan to Build 620-Mile Pipeline for Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage

Norway's Equinor and Belgium's Fluxys plan to build a 1,000-km (620-mile) pipeline to transport CO2 captured on the European continent for storage underneath the North Sea, the two companies said on Wednesday.

EU Prepares to Curb Demand as Russian Gas Cuts Intensify

A "serious disruption" to the European Union's gas supplies from Russia is likely, the bloc's energy chief said on Monday as she urged countries to update their contingency plans for supply shocks and use other fuels where possible to conserve gas.

Running Short of Gas: Russia's Pipeline Repair Has Europe Worried

When Russia turns off the gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for maintenance in July, Europe is starting to worry that it won't turn it back on again.

Greece Looking to Secure Deal with Italy for Gas Storage

Greece has been in talks with Italy to see whether it can store gas in the neighboring country as part of efforts to secure supplies if Russian flows are disrupted, Greece's energy regulator said on Monday.

Russia’s War on Ukraine Rippling Through Latin America

In Latin America, the effects of the war in Ukraine are having a major impact on the fragile economies that are still gradually recovering from the pandemic.

EU, Norway Agree to Increase Gas Deliveries as Russian Cuts Deepen

The European Union and Norway agreed on Thursday to cooperate to bring more gas from western Europe's biggest producer to the EU's 27 countries, nearly half of which are now grappling with cuts to Russian gas supplies.

Finland Plans to Build Hydrogen Pipeline Network

Finland announced plans on Wednesday to build a hydrogen transmission network to help reduce carbon emissions. Construction is set to start in southeastern Finland near the Russian border with a 15-km (9-mile) hydrogen pipeline.

Algeria, Niger, Nigeria Take Steps to Build $13 Billion Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline

Algeria, Niger and Nigeria have set up a task force to build the 2,565-mile Trans-Saharan gas pipeline that has been in the works for more than 40 years, Niger's oil ministry said on Wednesday.

Denmark Issues 'Early Warning' on Russian Gas Supply

Denmark's energy agency said on Monday it had activated the first step of a three-stage emergency gas supply plan, which effectively means a tighter monitoring of the market, due to uncertainty about gas supplies from Russia.

Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania Pipeline Project Completed

Construction of the 315-mile (508-km) Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL) pipeline has been completed, and partial capacity will be available beginning May 1, according to operator Amber Grid Corp.

Austria Returns to Coal After Russia Halves Gas Deliveries

Austria's government agreed with utility Verbund on Sunday to convert a reserve, gas-fired power plant so that it can produce electricity with coal should restricted gas supplies from Russia result in an energy emergency.

Ukraine to Tap 109 MMcm/d of Spare Gas Capacity to Offset Nord Stream 1 Flows

Ukraine has around 109 million cubic meters a day (MMcm/d) of spare gas capacity through a transit route to Europe which could be used to offset lower flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Ukraine's gas transmission operator said on Monday.

Gazprom CEO Sees No Solution to Nord Stream 1 Repair Delays Caused by Sanctions

Gazprom sees no solution to an ongoing equipment issue at the Portovaya compressor station, part of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that carries Russian gas to Germany, its CEO said on Thursday.

Italgas Plans to Invest $4.7 Billion to Upgrade Gas Pipeline Network in Italy

Italgas plans to invest $4.7 billion to 2028 to complete the upgrade of its domestic Italian network, which includes 74,000 km (46,000 miles) of regulated gas pipelines, the company said on Wednesday.

Gazprom Cuts Gas Exports to Italy by 15% Following Nord Stream Pipeline Disruptions

Russia's Gazprom cut its gas exports to Italy by around 15% on Wednesday, Italian energy firm Eni said, a move that comes as the Russian group is also curbing its gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming Western sanctions for disrupting repair works it needs to do on the network.

EU, Israel and Egypt Ink Framework Deal to Boost East Med Gas Exports to Europe

Israel and Egypt will aim to boost natural gas exports to Europe under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Wednesday as the continent looks to replace Russian energy imports.

West Africa Wants Eni to Start Production at Newly Discovered Field to Meet Gas Demand

Ivory Coast wants Italy's Eni to bring its recently discovered offshore field to full production earlier than a planned 2026 timeline to meet local and regional gas demand, its mines and petroleum minister said on Tuesday.

Nord Stream Gas Capacity to Europe Constrained by Repair Delays

The capacity of Gazprom's Nord Stream 1 pipeline to supply gas to Europe is partly constrained as sanctions make it impossible for equipment supplier Siemens Energy to return a turbine being maintained in Canada, the companies said.

DNV Confirms Feasibility and Maturity of EastMed Gas Pipeline

DNV has issued confirmation of the feasibility statement of the EastMed gas pipeline, a 2,000-km (1,242-mile) long onshore and offshore natural gas conduit project meant to connect offshore gas reserves from the Levantine Basin to Greece and further to southeastern European countries.

Dutch Government Reluctant to Boost Production from Groningen Gas Field

Tapping the Groningen gas field, which is being wound down due to a series of earthquakes, should be a "last resort", a Dutch minister said on Tuesday, after a government advisory body suggested using the field to help fill gas stores.

Cheniere Inks 15-Year LNG Supply Deal with Equinor

Cheniere Energy Inc. has agreed to sell liquefied natural gas to Equinor as the Norwegian energy company plans to boost its LNG volumes for Europe amid a tight commodity market and surging demand for the super-cooled fuel.

EU Exploring Deal to Boost Natural Gas Imports from Israel, Egypt

The European Commission has proposed a deal to EU member states with Egypt and Israel to boost imports of natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean, according to a draft document dated June 7.

Sources: US to let Eni, Repsol Ship Venezuela Oil to Europe for Debt

Eni and Spain's Repsol SA could begin shipping Venezuelan oil to Europe as soon as next month to make up for Russian crude, resuming oil-for-debt swaps halted two years ago when Washington stepped up sanctions on Venezuela.