Europe

INEOS to Postpone Forties Pipeline System Shutdown

UK pipeline operator INEOS is delaying the planned shutdown of it's Forties Pipeline System.

Coronavirus Choppers Evacuate Offshore Workers

Offshore aviation company Bristow Group said it has deployed specially-equipped helicopters from its Search and Rescue (SAR) fleet to transport offshore workers with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in the North Sea and Americas regions.

Greece Receives 9 Bids for Stake in Gas Supplier

Greece has received nine non-binding bids for the sale of a 65% stake in DEPA, its dominant gas supplier.

Italy's Snam Takes Steps to Guarantee Gas Flows During Coronavirus Outbreak

Italian gas grid operator Snam has put in place emergency measures to ensure it can keep gas flowing during the coronavirus outbreak.

German Hydrogen Pipeline Planned to Aid Green Industry Shift

A group of gas pipeline operators in Germany is planning to build the country's first hydrogen pipeline.

German Court Rejects Last Obstacle to Nord Stream 2 Construction

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project cleared another legal hurdle in Germany last week.

Eni, SONATRACH Complete Algerian Gas Pipeline

Eni announced it has successfully completed the construction of the gas pipeline connecting Bir Rebaa Nord (BRN) and Menzel Ledjmet Est (MLE) fields in the Berkine Basin, in the south-eastern part of Algeria.

Pipelines Bringing ‘Stranded’ Nations into EU Energy Market

In a nutshell, supplies of North Sea gas to Europe are in terminal decline. This fact, combined with EU enlargement, underpins the current wave of long- and short-distance pipeline projects, designed to bring gas to Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe.

Poland Ready to Supply Belarus with Oil if Pipeline Upgraded

Poland is ready to supply Belarus with oil, but first needs to invest in its pipelines to enable reverse flows, Poland's minister responsible for energy infrastructure said on Wednesday.

Gazprom Stays Mum on Pipelaying Vessel for Nord Stream 2

The movement of a Russian pipelaying vessel from a port on the country’s east coast has prompted reports it may be en route to the Baltic Sea to resume construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, but its developers remained unwilling to discuss it Wednesday.

BP halts Output at North Sea ETAP Platform

BP halted production at its ETAP platform, which connects seven oil and gas fields in the British North Sea with the Forties Pipeline System and the CATS gas terminal, after a problem with its power generation system.

Germany Needs More Gas Power Plants: Utility, Lobby

Germany must support the construction of gas-powered generation to avoid an electricity supply crunch as it pulls out of nuclear and coal and electric vehicles increase demand, utility Uniper and gas lobby Zukunft Erdgas said on Tuesday.

US Firms Want to Expanded Portugal's Sines Port for LNG - Energy Secretary

American companies have a strong interest in expanding Portugal's deepwater port of Sines due to its strategic position for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Wednesday.

TurkStream Begins Gas Flows to Greece, North Macedonia

Russia is building TurkStream and doubling the capacity of NordStream across the Baltic Sea to Germany as part of plans to bypass Ukraine in its gas deliveries to Europe.

TechnipFMC Tells Energean Virus may Delay FPSO Project

Gas producer Energean said on Thursday it had been told by TechnipFMC, which is building a vessel it needs to begin Israeli offshore production, that the coronavirus was a force majeure event.

Germany Makes Legal Changes to Ease Nord Stream 2 Completion

Germany’s parliament approved changes to the law governing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to make it compliant with European Union regulations, removing a hurdle to completion of the Russia-led project.

Europe’s Newest Gas Link Could Weaken Gazprom Prices

Europe’s first new gas interconnector in a decade, linking Finland and Estonia across the Baltic Sea, will weaken Gazprom’s hold on the region and spark price competition, the pipeline’s owners said.

Gassco Urges Norway to Build New Arctic Pipeline

Pipeline system operator Gassco is urging Norway to construct a new pipeline or LNG plant to boost its gas exports from the Arctic.

A.Hak International Awarded Onshore Baltic Pipe Contract

Netherlands-based A.Hak International said it has been awarded a contract for construction of a Danish onshore section of the Baltic Pipe Project by Energinet.

TurkStream Begins Gas Flows to Greece, North Macedonia

Russia has started European gas deliveries through the new TurkStream pipeline to Turkey, Bulgaria's Bulgartransgaz said on Sunday, as Moscow looks to reduce shipments via Ukraine.

Greece, Israel, Cyprus Sign EastMed Gas Pipeline Deal

Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Thursday signed a deal to build an 1,180-mile (1,900-km) subsea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean's rapidly developing gas fields to Europe.

Germany Hails Russia-Ukraine Deal for Gas Transit to Europe

The German government has welcomed a deal between Russia and Ukraine to ensure the continued transit of Russian natural gas to Europe.

Dispute Brews as Russian Suppliers Divert Oil from Belarus

A new dispute over oil could be brewing between Russia and Belarus as Russian suppliers divert large volumes of crude to domestic ports in lieu of a deal on 2020 deliveries between the two countries

French Union Extends Blockade of Fuel Deliveries from Total Refinery

France's hardline CGT trade union voted on Monday to extend a blockade of outbound fuel deliveries from Total's Grandpuits refinery near Paris until Jan. 6 as part of nationwide protests against a planned pensions reform.

Russia May Use Vessel Docked in Pacific to Finish Nord Stream 2

Russia may use a vessel currently docked at a far eastern port to finish the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Friday.

French Protests Disrupt Output at Total's Grandpuits Refinery

Total's Grandpuits refinery near Paris is producing at a reduced rate after the CGT union voted to halt output as part of nationwide protests against a pensions reforms, the French energy company said.

Putin says Russia has Vessel to Build Nord Stream 2

President Vladimir Putin said Russia has a pipe-laying vessel to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, the Kommersant daily newspaper reported, following sanctions imposed by Washington.

French Strike has Little Apparent Impact on Pipelines, Yet

France's hardline CGT trade union has rejected pleas for a Christmas truce and has vowed to intensify a nationwide strike to try to force the government to drop its plan to reform the country's pensions system. Here is how the strike is impacting the sector.

Russia to Retaliate for US Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2

The Russian government has vowed to retaliate against U.S. sanctions on a new Russia-Germany pipeline, work on which was suspended on Saturday.

Europe’s Gas Distribution in Need of Evolution

Europe is in transition toward a low-carbon economy in which fossil fuels’ share of the energy mix is projected to fall in coming years, but import of natural gas are expected to rise. This means that Europe’s distribution network capacity will have to be improved.