Europe

Polish Experts Seek Evidence in Gas Blast that Killed 8

Investigators in southern Poland said they are questioning witnesses and gathering evidence in their probe into a gas blast that killed eight members of one family, including four children.

Gazprom Proposes Short-Term Gas Deal with Ukraine

Russia's Gazprom said it has sent a letter to Ukraine formally proposing either to extend a current deal supplying gas to the country for its own use and for transit to Europe or to sign a new one-year agreement.

Bulgaria Signs up Saudi-Led Group for TurkStream Extension

Bulgaria’s state gas company signed a $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euro) contract with Saudi-led group Arkad to build a gas pipeline to carry mainly Russian natural gas.

Germany Makes Legal Changes to Ease Nord Stream 2 Completion

Germany's parliament on Wednesday 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.

Hungary Expects Gas from Russia's TurkStream by Late 2021

Hungary plans to be able to get natural gas from the TurkStream pipeline by the end of 2021, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after hosting a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Denmark Approves Nord Stream 2 Project

The Nord Stream 2 project has been approved by Denmark, the last remaining country needed to finish the pipeline.

Dirty Oil Settlement Expected Between Lukoil, MOL

Russian oil producer Lukoil and Hungarian energy company MOL are reportedly set to sign a settlement deal over contaminated oil during Russian President Putin's visit to Budapest this week.

Pipeline Operators: Germany's Winter Gas Supplies Secure

Germany will have enough natural gas this winter, despite restrictions on transit routes Opal and TENP 1, as storage levels are close to 100%, pipeline operators' group FNB said on Monday.

Bulgartransgaz Raises 50 Million Euros Above Target for TurkStream

Bulgartransgaz has raised 50 million euros more than it originally sought to finance its portion of the TurkStream pipeline.

Norway Gas Production to Decline in 2020 with Maintenance

Maintenance at Norway's natural gas fields and processing plants is scheduled to cut production capacity by some 5.35 Bcm in 2020, less than in 2019, according to a Reuters calculation based on data from system operator Gassco.

EIB to Finance Bulgaria-Greece Gas Link

The European Investment Bank agreed on Thursday to finance the construction of a 182-km gas pipeline linking Bulgaria with Greece that will end Sofia's complete dependence on Russian gas and help diversify supplies in southeastern Europe.

Ukraine Wants Long-Term Gas Transit Deal With Russia

Ukraine wants a long-term gas transit contract with Russia based on European standards, the prime minister said on Wednesday, adding Kiev would not agree to a short-term deal that Moscow seeks.

Profit, Not Politics: Trump Allies Sought Ukraine Gas Deal

As Rudy Giuliani pushed Ukrainian officials to investigate Donald Trump's political rival, others with ties to the president wanted to install new management at Ukraine's state gas company and steer contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, AP reports.

Subsea 7 Awarded Shell Offshore Infrastructure Contract Near Aberdeen, UK

Subsea 7 has announced the award of a sizeable contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurization project, located approximately 160 miles offshore, east of Aberdeen.

U.S. Energy Sec Perry Warns Europe of Russia's Gas Pipeline Plans

Russia's Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream natural gas pipeline projects threaten to increase Moscow's political influence in Europe and leave it vulnerable to supply disruptions, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Monday.

Gazprom: Nord Stream 2 Cost Would Rise by 'Hundreds of Millions' to Bypass Denmark

An alternative route bypassing Danish waters for the construction of the undersea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would cost “hundreds of millions of dollars,” the chairman of Russian gas company Gazprom told Reuters.

OMV Chief Says No Need to Discuss Alternative Nord Stream 2 Route

There is no need to discuss alternative routes for Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which is still awaiting approval for its Danish leg, the chief executive of Austria’s OMV said on Thursday.

Putin Urges Denmark to Ignore U.S. Pressure Over Nord Stream 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Denmark on Wednesday to ignore U.S. pressure and "show it has sovereignty" by allowing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to go through its territory.

Shell Urges U.S. Congress to Withhold Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

Royal Dutch Shell is asking the U.S. Congress not to enact sanctions against the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline to Germany, said Cederic Cremers, head of Shell's business in Russia.

Contaminated Oil in Polish Storage Tanks to Take 6-8 Months to Clean

Contaminated oil in Polish storage tanks that was shipped along the Druzhba pipeline from Russia will take another six to eight months to clean, Poland’s minister for energy infrastructure said on Friday.

LNG Investments Hit Record $50 Billion in 2019

Record investments of $50 billion have turned 2019 into a banner year for LNG, with Canada and the United States being the main drivers, the chief of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

Ukraine Seeking 'Full Recovery' of Gas Transport Costs from Russia

Ukraine is seeking a substantial payment from Russia for use of its pipelines to move Russian gas into Europe from 2020 but has still not received a Russian reply to its proposal, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev said on Friday.

LNG Tankers Divert to Asia; Floating Storage Rises After Price Spike

At least five laden liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers changed course from Europe to Asia and a rising number of other tankers were being used as floating storage following a spike in Asian LNG prices in the past week, trade sources said.

Ukraine, Russia Fail to Reach Gas Deal for Europe but Agree to Meet Again

Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a new gas transit deal on Thursday, but said talks were "constructive" and they would meet again to try to find an agreement before the current one ends.

Bulgaria Signs up Saudi-Led Group for TurkStream Extension

Bulgaria's state gas company signed a $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euro ) contract on Wednesday with Saudi-led group Arkad to build a gas pipeline to carry mainly Russian natural gas.

Fire Put Out on Tanker at Norway's Sture Oil Terminal

Police evacuated people from a major tanker port in southern Norway Friday as a precaution after a fire on an oil tanker.

Total Seeks Buyer for Tainted Russian Piped Oil

France's Total has issued a tender to sell 1.3 million barrels of contaminated Russian Urals crude oil for loading from Rotterdam port, according to three trading sources.

TurkStream 2nd String to Cross Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary

The second leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline is planned to go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced, as Moscow prepares to phase out gas transit to Europe via Ukraine.

Gazprom Expects Danish Approval of Nord Stream 2 by October

Russian gas producer Gazprom expects Denmark to agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October, the Russia International News agency (RIA) reported.

EU to Push for Progress in Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks

The European Union will do all it can to facilitate talks next week between Ukraine and Russia on future gas transits after their contract expires in January, the bloc's energy commissioner said on Wednesday.