Europe

Wintershall Dea Says Europe Needs More Gas from All Sources

Oil and gas producer Wintershall Dea, which has a 70% gas portfolio, said Europe needed multi-sourced gas to support decarbonization away from coal and to create a platform for future hydrogen production from carbon-free energy.

Operator Says Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline is Almost Finished

The much-politicized Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is 99% complete, the pipeline operator said Wednesday, after the pipelay vessel Akademik Cherskiy finished its initially planned workload.

Polish PGNiG Ends LNG Deal Over U.S. Texas Port Arthur Delays

PGNiG has terminated a deal with U.S. firm Sempra Energy for LNG supplies from the Texas Port Arthur project due to delays, Poland's biggest gas company said on Tuesday.

German Hydrogen Council: Pipelines Most Economical Way to Move Hydrogen

Germany’s National Hydrogen Council determined pipeline transport is the most economical option to move hydrogen for distances up to about 10,000 km (6,213 mi), even if it would require building new pipelines.

Dutch Government Grants Subsidy to PosHYdon, Offshore Green Hydrogen Production Project

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has awarded a subsidy of 3.6 million euro to the PosHYdon project, which is the world's first offshore green hydrogen pilot on a working platform.

EU States to Discuss U.S.-Germany Nord Stream 2 Deal, Commission Says

The European Union reiterated that the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany was "not of common EU interest" but will discuss a deal between the United States and Germany agreed to this week.

Russia Rejects Aspects of Germany-U.S. Accord on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Kremlin said it disagreed with some statements in an agreement between the United States and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, insisting that Russia had never used energy as a tool of political pressure.

Ukraine Fights Rearguard Action Against Nord Stream 2 After U.S. and Germany Unveil Deal

Ukraine has started official consultations with the European Union and Germany about Nord Stream 2, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday, ratcheting up Kyiv's opposition to the pipeline which it says is a threat to Europe's security.

U.S., Germany Strike Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal to Push Back on Russian 'Aggression'

The United States and Germany on Wednesday unveiled an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under which Berlin pledged to respond to any attempt by Russia to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine and other Central and Eastern European countries.

Germany's Merkel Discussed Nord Stream 2 with Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, hours before the expected publication of Germany-United States agreement on the contested Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

U.S., Germany to Vow Action on Russia in Nord Stream 2 Deal

The United States and Germany will take action against Russia if it uses the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to harm Ukraine or other Eastern European countries, according to two sources familiar with a bilateral agreement expected on Wednesday.

U.S., Germany to Announce Deal on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in Coming Days

The United States and Germany are expected to announce a deal resolving their longstanding dispute over Russia's $11 billion Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline in coming days, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Biden, Merkel Fail to Resolve Differences About Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to settle their dispute over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors.

National Grid Studies UK Hydrogen Pipeline Network Potential

National Grid is exploring the potential of a 1,243-mile (2,000-km) hydrogen pipeline network across the U.K. Reaching a goal of delivering hydrogen power to consumers by 2030 will take an abundance of planning and work.

Biden, Merkel May Have Little Time to Rebuild 'Indispensable' Relationship

The United States and Germany are key NATO allies but are at odds over a host of tough issues, including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which Washington fears will increase European reliance on Russian gas.

Germany Loses Gazprom Pipeline Appeal as Court Sides with Poland

Berlin lost its fight against a ruling limiting Gazprom's access to the OPAL pipeline that links the Russian gas producer's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany after Europe's top court sided with Poland.

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Ukraine Seeks Energy 'Security Guarantees' From Biden-Merkel Meeting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is pinning hopes on the United States and Germany to come up with energy "security guarantees" for Ukraine amid fears over Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

Merkel, Biden Face Tough Talks on Russian Gas Pipeline, China

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden will hold talks at the White House on Thursday that experts say are unlikely to yield major breakthroughs on divisive issues like a Russian gas pipeline to Germany.

Merkel Reassures Ukraine on Gas Transit Before Talks with Biden

Ukraine can be confident that Germany and the European Union will guarantee its status as a transit country for Russian gas even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has opened, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Linden Energy Acquiring 50% Stake in Bulgaria's Largest Private Gas Company

Linden Energy, a U.S.-based energy development company, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire 50% of Overgas Inc. AD, the first independent Bulgarian gas trader, as well as the largest privately owned gas company in the country.

Norway’s Pipeline Sector Continues to Grow

Norway has benefited from North Sea oil and gas for over half a century. At the start of 2021, Norway was the world’s third-largest gas exporter and fifteenth biggest oil producer after Qatar, reported the BP “Statistical Review of World Energy 2020.”

Record-Breaking Summer European Gas Prices Signal an Expensive Winter

European gas prices vaulted to record highs this summer, driven by factors ranging from low inventories and outages to an Asian buying spree, and signaling further rises in coming months that could mean higher household bills this winter.

U.S. House Panel Passes Amendment to Stop Sanctions Waiver on Nord Stream 2

The Biden administration could face pressure to block Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline after a House of Representatives panel this week passed an amendment seeking to repeal the U.S. State Department's ability to waive sanctions on the project.

Shell Opens 10 MW German Hydrogen Electrolyzer to Boost Green Fuel Output

Royal Dutch Shell launched Europe's biggest hydrogen electrolysis plant at the Wesseling site of its Rheinland refinery after two years of construction, as it expands further into alternative energies.

Gazprom Holds Back Exports via Ukraine, Pressing Case for Nord Stream 2

Kremlin-controlled gas giant Gazprom has held off from booking additional capacity for gas supplies via Ukraine to meet surging demand in recent months, sending a clear sign it is waiting for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be commissioned, analysts said.

EBRD Stops Investing in Upstream Oil and Gas to Align with Paris Goals

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will stop investing in upstream oil and gas projects as part of plans to align its activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement, but will continue to finance select projects in the midstream and downstream sectors.

EU Countries Approve Landmark Climate Change Law

European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change.

European Commission Approves French Support for Natural Gas Storage

France's system of financial support for natural gas storage, set up in 2017 to shore up the country's energy supplies, complies with European Union state aid rules, the European Commission said.

Germany, U.S. Seek to Resolve Nord Stream 2 Dispute by End August

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Friday said he had a productive meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and both countries were committed to resolving a dispute over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline by the end of August.