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Equinor LNG Plant Broke Rules Ahead of 2020 Fire, Watchdog Says

Equinor must fix a series of rule breaches exposed by a fire at its Melkoeya LNG plant in Norway last year for the plant to reopen, the country's safety watchdog said on Thursday.

U.S. Senate Panel Advances Bill to Aid Ukraine, Pressure Nord Stream 2

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced a bill to deliver aid to Ukraine in its struggle with Russia and pressure companies helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that could deprive Kyiv of lucrative transit fees.

European Hydrogen Backbone: How a Dedicated Hydrogen Infrastructure can be Created

This paper presents the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB): a vision for a truly European undertaking, connecting hydrogen supply and demand from north to south and west to east.

Perspective: Oil Execs, Environmentalists Could Support Hydrogen for Climate Solution

Some see hydrogen as a potential substitute for hard-coal coke in making steel. It also offers energy companies a future market using processes they know. It can be liquefied, stored, and transported through existing pipelines and LNG ships, with some modifications.

Med Red Land Bridge Inaugurates Operations Through EAPC Pipeline Network

The crude carrier contracted with Med-Red Land Bridge Company represents the first tanker to utilize the recently recommissioned 242 km (150 mi) pipeline owned by Europe Asia Pipeline Company.

Ukraine Faces Potential May Diesel Shortage, Traders Say

Rosneft, which supplied about 1.75 million tons of diesel to Ukraine last year via pipelines and railways, does not plan to resume exports next month and Belarus Mozyr refinery is set for planned maintenance from May 15 to June 15, traders said.

RWE Plans to Bring Australian 'Green' Hydrogen to Europe

Germany's RWE plans to bring hydrogen produced in Australia to Europe, as big energy firms look to create new global routes for the cleaner alternative to fossil fuels.

Nikola, IVECO and OGE Plan Hydrogen Distribution by Pipeline

Nikola Corporation, IVECO and OGE announced they will collaborate to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via pipeline network from production sources to hydrogen fueling stations in support of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Germany’s Uniper May Turn Coal Plant Site into Hydrogen Hub

German utility Uniper is studying the conversion of its coal-fired power plant site at Wilhelmshaven on Germany's North Sea coast into an import and electrolysis hub to tap into emerging demand for "green" hydrogen.

SSE Thermal and Equinor Planning UK Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Projects

The projects would utilize the parallel hydrogen and CO2 pipeline infrastructure being developed by the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership – which includes Equinor and SSE Thermal – and offshore CO2 infrastructure.

Lithuanian LNG Port Looks to Supply Poland, Ukraine Via New Pipe

Klaipeda's LNG import terminal operator says its gas could reach Poland, Ukraine and other countries south of Lithuania next year, when a new pipeline comes online.

Britain Will Have Enough Gas, Electricity This Summer, Says National Grid

The volume of LNG delivered to Britain is expected to be lower than the previous two summers at 5.7 bcm because of competing markets, but pipeline flows from Norway will be higher this summer.

Russia Expects Maritime Rules to be Respected Amid Nord Stream 2 Concerns

Russia expects all maritime traffic rules "to be strictly observed" in the area of the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a foreign ministry official said.

Nord Stream 2 Warns of Security Risks to Pipeline from Warships, Planes

The consortium behind the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline warned about security risks to the project from warships and planes, as the link is nearing completion.

German Gas Grids Report Progress with Investment Plans, Pipeline Expansions

German gas pipeline companies have completed 28 out of 201 measures planned between 2020 and 2030, keeping them on track to provide capacity expansions and conversions for increased imports this decade.

Investors Renew Push for EU Methane Emissions Standard on Gas

A group representing European investors managing 36 trillion euros ($42.3 trillion) in assets renewed pressure on the European Commission to introduce mandatory methane emissions standards for natural gas.

Merkel Ally Demands Temporary Halt to Nord Stream 2

Germany's coordinator for transatlantic relations called on Wednesday for a moratorium on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, breaking ranks with many in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Denmark’s Orsted Plans Wind Farm, Hydrogen Plant

The proposed plant at the North Sea Port straddling the Dutch-Belgian border is supported by a group of companies that will also pursue an expansion of local pipelines to handle the hydrogen.

U.S. Secretary of State: Finishing Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Ultimately Up to Builders

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that it was ultimately up to those building the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline whether to complete it despite opposition from Washington.

Suez Ship Congestion Could Delay LNG Deliveries to Europe

A container ship blocking the Suez Canal, one the world's busiest trade routes, could delay delivery of millions of tons of LNG to Europe if the vessel stays stuck there for two weeks, analysts said.

Perspective: U.S. Gas Industry Increasingly Relies on LNG Exports

U.S. gas producers have become increasingly reliant on LNG exports to Europe and Asia to absorb their growing output and prevent domestic prices from plunging as a result of oversupply.

Gazprom Chairman Expects Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completion This Year Despite U.S. Pressure

The chairman of Russian gas producer Gazprom's board was cited by the TASS news agency on Friday as saying that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany would be completed this year despite U.S. opposition to the project.

INEOS Energy to Sell Norwegian Oil and Gas Business to PGNiG for $615 million

INEOS Energy has agreed to sell its Norwegian oil and gas business to Poland's PGNiG Upstream Norway AS for $615 million.

U.S.'s Blinken Warned Germany's Maas About Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had told his German counterpart that sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline were a real possibility and there was "no ambiguity" in American opposition to its construction.

U.S. Senators Want Biden to Speed Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats urged President Joe Biden's administration on Tuesday to make a full diplomatic push to stop the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, increasing pressure on the issue from members of his party.

At NATO, Blinken Warns Germany Over Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany ran counter to the European Union's own interests and could undermine Ukraine.

Friedrich Vorwerk’s Energy Expertise Could Attract Investors

German energy infrastructure company Friedrich Vorwerk is guiding investors to expect its initial public offering (IPO) to price at 45-48 euros ($53.55-$57.12) per share, one of the bookrunners organizing the deal said on Monday.

Germany's Greens Vow to Abolish Russian Gas Pipeline After Election

Germany's Greens have enshrined in their election program plans to abolish the contested Nord Stream 2 pipeline to ship Russian gas to Europe's biggest economy, creating a hurdle to a potential alliance with the conservatives.

Biden Weighing New Sanctions to Block Russian Gas Pipeline

President Joe Biden's administration is weighing additional sanctions to block construction of the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, potentially including the project's parent company Nord Stream 2 AG, Bloomberg News reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Warns Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Entities to Immediately Quit

The U.S. State Department is tracking efforts to complete Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and evaluating information on entities that appear to be involved, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.