Europe

Concern Over Wildlife Halts Building of Norway-Poland Gas Link

Concern over the impact on protected mice and bat species has halted construction in Denmark of Baltic Pipe, a pipeline connecting Poland with Norwegian gas fields, Danish grid operator Energinet said on Thursday.

Russia Within 62 Miles of Finishing Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea is almost complete with just 100 kilometers (62 miles) left to build, TASS news agency quoted Russian deputy prime minister Alexander Novak as saying on Thursday.

Russia Says Nord Stream 2 Testing Work to Start Next Week

Testing work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany will start next week, Alexander Drozdenko, governor of the Leningrad region where the pipeline starts, was cited as saying by the TASS news agency on Wednesday.

11 EU Countries Oppose Plan to Prolong Gas Project Funding

Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and eight other countries will reject a plan to prolong European Union support for cross-border natural gas projects, and instead push for rules to exclude fossil fuels.

Germany, U.S. Hold Talks in Washington on Nord Stream 2, Berlin Says

Germany and the United States are holding talks in Washington to try to resolve a row over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.

EU Countries Seek to Prolong Bloc's Funding for Gas Projects

European Union countries will seek to prolong EU support for cross-border natural gas projects, a stance at odds with the European Commission's plan to end such funding, according to a draft document.

Biden: Nord Stream 2 Sanctions 'Counter-Productive' for European Ties

U.S. President Joe Biden said he decided to waive sanctions against the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because the project was nearly complete and doing so could have harmed ties with Europe.

Candidates to Succeed Merkel Clash on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The conservative and Greens candidates to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel after September's federal election clashed on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, and on whether Germany should host U.S nuclear weapons.

National Grid Studying UK Hydrogen Pipeline Network Potential

National Grid is exploring the potential of a 2,000-km (1,243-mi) hydrogen pipeline network across the UK. Reaching a goal of getting hydrogen power to consumers by 2030 will take “huge amounts of planning and work.”

Gazprom Coy on Nord Stream 2 Timing After U.S. Sanctions Waivers

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday completion of the politically-charged Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline depended on "many factors," following the sanctions waiver from the United States.

Poland Says Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Waiver a Threat to Energy Security

Poland said on Thursday that the waiver of U.S. sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 was a threat to energy security in central and eastern Europe.

Italy's Snam in World First with Test of 30% Gas-Hydrogen Blend in Steel Forging

Gas transport group Snam said on Wednesday a 30% blend of natural gas and hydrogen had been used for the first time to power furnaces at a steelmaker in northern Italy.

U.S. to Waive Sanctions on Firm, CEO Behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe and its chief executive, a Washington source familiar with the plans and Germany's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Traders Book Tankers in Europe to Ship Gasoline Across Atlantic after Colonial Shutdown

Traders provisionally booked at least six tankers to ship gasoline from Europe to U.S. destinations following a cyber attack that shut the United States' top fuel pipeline network, Refinitiv Eikon data showed on Monday.

Energinet and Gasunie Studying Feasibility of Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure

Energinet and Gasunie published a technical pre-feasibility study for transporting hydrogen via a 350-450 km (217-279 mi) pipeline from Esbjerg or Holstebro in Denmark to Hamburg in Germany.

Forties Oil Work to Drive Drop in June Brent Benchmark Supply

The North Sea Forties crude oil stream will load only two cargoes in June, a copy of the shipment schedule showed, reducing supply of the crude that underpins the global Brent benchmark.

RWE CEO Supports More Rapid Switch to Green Hydrogen Pipelines

Germany's regulation for using future supplies of carbon-free hydrogen on existing and new pipelines for natural gas should be undertaken jointly rather than separately, the chief executive of utility RWE said on Friday.

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.