Europe

Germany Backs Nord Stream 2, For Now - Merkel

Germany is sticking with its support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline "for the time being", Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Big Four European Pipeline Owners Receptive to Change

Spain’s Enagás, Belgium’s Fluxys, France’s GRTgaz and Italy’s Snam own and operate more than 62,000 miles (100,000 km) of gas pipelines and related infrastructure across Europe and beyond.

Polish Gas Firm PGNiG's LNG Imports Rise 10%

Liquefied natural gas imports by Poland's dominant gas firm PGNiG rose by 10% in 2020 to 3.76 billion cubic meters, as the company continues to look to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, it said on Thursday.

U.S. Will Monitor Activity to Complete Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The United States will monitor activity to complete or certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline intended to transport Russian natural gas to Europe and, if such activity takes place, will make a determination on sanctions, the U.S. State Department spokesman said.

France Won't Pressure Germany Over Nord Stream 2 Plans, Officials Say

France will not put pressure on Germany about its plans for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to pump more Russian gas to Europe, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Germany’s Siemens Gutting Natural Gas Jobs Through 2025

Siemens Energy is cutting about 7,800 natural gas jobs until 2025, the company announced as part of its cost-saving initiatives.

Bulgaria Takes 20% Stake in Greek LNG Terminal

Bulgaria's state gas company Bulgartransgaz has finalised a deal to take 20% of Greek company Gastrade, which is developing a floating LNG facility off the city of Alexandroupolis.

Biden Thinks Nord Stream 2 is 'Bad Deal' for Europe, White House Says

Biden's administration will be reviewing restrictions on the project included in a bill that passed during the Trump administration, the White House said on Tuesday.

New German CDU leader Supports Nord Stream 2

The new chairman of Germany's ruling Christian Democrats said he would not reconsider his support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe, despite U.S. and European opposition to its completion.

Pipe-laying Vessel Started Work in Danish Waters for Nord Stream 2

The project, designed to boost Russian gas supplies to Europe and bypass Ukraine, has met resistance from Washington, which wants to sell its own sea-borne liquefied natural gas to the European Union and cut the region's reliance on energy supplies from Moscow.

Tracking Data Shows Russian Pipe-Laying Vessels Head toward Nord Stream 2 Work Site

Russian pipe-laying and other vessels are heading to Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction sites in the Baltic Sea amid U.S. pressure to scrap the project that aims to pump more Russian gas to Europe.

European Lawmakers Call to Block Nord Stream 2

As expected, European Union lawmakers passed a resolution calling for the bloc to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe, in response to the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

EU Lawmakers Expected to Vote to Block Nord Stream 2

European Union lawmakers are expected to support a resolution to stop the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe, in response to the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

German Regulator Awaits Detailed Complaints Against Nord Stream 2

Opponents still need to give detailed reasons to justify a halt on Nord Stream 2's construction in German waters.

Future Looks Bright for LNG in Post-COVID-19 Era

The onset of COVID-19 caused a decline in gas demand of around 4% with a similar decline in the LNG trade. Most forecasts expect gas demand to recover in 2021 to pre-pandemic levels. But what happens thereafter?

Projects

Open Grid Europe Looks to Operate Gas Pipeline in March   Source: Zeelink Open Grid Europe is testing the recently completed $705 million (600 million euro) Zeelink gas pipeline with plans to make it operational, possibly as early as March 2021.   The 134..

Max Midstream Announces Agreement with Major European Tank Storage Company

Texas-based energy company Max Midstream announced it has formed two new subsidiaries in Europe to trade its Texas Crude and Condensate and products throughout Europe.

Global News

Missile Attack on Saudi Distribution Plant Has Little Impact   Iran-aligned Houthi forces fired a missile that struck Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant, authorities said, but Saudi Aramco said its domestic fuel supplies were not affected.    Abdullah al-Ghamdi, manager of the North Jeddah plant, sa..

Report Indicates Germany's Bilfinger Drops Out of Nord Stream 2 Project

The news comes as the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday slapped sanctions on a vessel helping to build the pipeline to take Russian natural gas to Europe via Germany.

Russia’s Gazprom Acknowledges Risks About Nord Stream 2 Project

It is not immediately clear how Russian gas producer Gazprom plans to complete construction. Should Nord Stream 2 be suspended or cancelled, Gazprom may face financial claims from contractors, it said in a prospectus.

Germany Responds to U.S. Decision to Sanction Russian Vessel Involved in Nord Stream 2

The United States has informed Germany that it plans to impose sanctions on a Russian pipe-laying ship involved in construction of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

Zurich Insurance Reportedly Dropping Out of Nord Stream 2 Project

Zurich Insurance Group will drop out of Russia's Nord Stream 2 project in the face of looming U.S. sanctions against European companies that support construction of the $11 billion gas pipeline, two sources familiar with the situation said.

Nord Stream 2 Resuming Work in Danish Waters This Week, TASS reports

Russia said on Wednesday it was confident of completing the project, although two sources said the U.S. State Department had this month told European companies suspected of helping to build the pipeline that they faced possible sanctions.

U.S. State Department Warns of Sanctions Risk on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The U.S. State Department this month told European companies which it suspects are helping to build Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions.

German Orgs Plan Pipeline Infrastructure to Cut Steel Plant Emissions

The idea is for OGE and Equinor to supply initially gas and then hydrogen to Thyssenkrupp steel plant via pipelines, and transport CO2 sequestered from the steelmaking process away to storage underneath the Dutch or Norwegian North Sea via pipelines or ships.

No injuries or interruption after Ukraine pipeline explosion

The accident occurred at a section of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline in the Poltava region, the Ukrainian Gas Transportation System Operator said.

German State to Create Foundation to Facilitate Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Completion

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern plans to set up a foundation to facilitate the completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will bring Russian gas to Germany.

Croatia Kicks Off LNG Terminal in North Adriatic

Croatia's LNG terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk began operations amid the first delivery of gas, said the company which runs the unit.

Nord Stream 2 Completes Section in German Waters

The Russia-led Nord Stream 2 consortium said on Monday it has completed laying pipes for the project in German waters, finishing work on a 1.6-mile (2.6-km) portion of the pipeline, which had been stalled by the threat of U.S. sanctions.

US Preparing New Sanctions to Impede Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The United States is urging European allies and private companies to halt work that could help build the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and is preparing wider sanctions on the Russian project in coming weeks, senior Trump administration officials said on Wednesday.