Russia & CIS

Russian Tainted-Oil Suspect Seeks Asylum in Lithuania

Roman Ruzhechko, a suspect in a Russian probe into a major oil pipeline contamination earlier this year, has asked for political asylum in Lithuania, a Vilnius district court spokesman told Reuters on Friday.

Gazprom Expects Danish Approval of Nord Stream 2 by October

Russian gas producer Gazprom says it expects Denmark will agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October.

Russia's Transneft, Oil Firms Clash over Pipeline System Clean-Up

Major Russian oil companies have challenged a plan by Transneft that aims to resolve a problem of tainted oil stuck in Russia's pipeline and storage system by diluting it with clean crude, four company sources said on Wednesday.

Gas Pipeline Fire Near Power Station Outside Moscow Kills 1

Russian officials say a massive fire near a power station just outside Moscow has killed one person and injured at least 13.

Russia's Transneft Slams Rosneft Over Tainted Oil Crisis

Russian state-owned pipeline monopoly Transneft criticized oil producer Rosneft on Monday, alleging it had dragged its feet over quality controls and making unsubstantiated damages claims.

Construction Begins on Middle Section of China-Russia East-Route

Construction of the middle section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pipeline project, a major energy cooperation project between the two countries, began in Shenyang City of northeast China's Liaoning Province on Thursday.

Gazprom Signs Five-Year Natural Gas Deal With Turkmenistan

Gazprom has signed a 5-year contract with Turkmengaz to purchase natural gas, the Russian gas producer said on Wednesday.

Gazprom Signals Tough Talks with Ukraine on Gas Transit to EU

Alexei Miller, the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom, on Friday warned of difficult talks with Ukraine on gas transit to Europe once the current deal expires at the end of the year.

Druzhba Pipeline Flows to Poland Resume after Shutdown

Oil flows to Poland through the Druzhba pipeline resumed on Thursday after being suspended on Wednesday evening due to the discovery of contaminated oil, Polish pipeline operator PERN said.

Gazprom: Ukraine Gas Talks Await New Government

Russian state gas giant Gazprom is awaiting the formation of a Ukrainian government before starting talks with Kiev on extending a deal to transit Russian gas across Ukraine to Europe, a senior company official said on Tuesday.

Russia's Transneft says Druzhba Pipeline to Resume on July 1

Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft expects the Druzhba pipeline to resume full operations from July 1, TASS news agency cited the company's vice president Sergey Andronov as saying on Friday.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced a bill to slap sanctions on individuals and companies developing Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a day after President Trump said he was considering sanctions on the pipeline.

Trump Considering Sanctions Over Russia's Nord Stream 2

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel.

Nearly Half of Nord Stream 2 Pipelaying Complete

As American politicians seek sanctions and Denmark debates route approval, construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has moved steadily ahead. By mid-May, more than 745 miles (1,200 km) of pipe — about half the total length of Nord Stream 2 — had been laid in the Baltic Sea, company officials confirmed.

Gazprom Reports 44% Jump in Q1 Profit

Gazprom reported a 44% jump in first-quarter net income to 536 billion roubles ($8.3 billion), boosted by higher gas sales volumes and prices, and promised to increase dividends in coming years.

Russia's Oil Output Hits 11-Month Low on Dirty Oil Crisis

Russian oil output in May fell to its lowest level since June 2018, primarily due to closure of the oil-contaminated Druzhba pipeline.

Crude Contamination: Ukraine Suspends Pipeline Deliveries; Total Halts Refinery Operations

Ukraine's pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta confirmed on Friday that Russian oil flows transiting it to Europe were temporarily suspended, as Total halted some refining operations in Germany for technical checks due to contaminated crude supply.

Activists Occupy German Pipeline in Nord Stream Protest

Police say activists have occupied a building site in northern Germany to protest the ongoing Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia.

Denmark Asks Nord Stream 2 to Assess 3rd Option for Pipeline

The Danish Energy Agency has requested an environmental assessment of a third route option for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Danish waters, a move that could delay the project to pump Russian gas to Europe. The 765-mile (1,225-km) pipeline, now under construction, has come under fire from the U..

Spring Conference Season in Full Gear

Joe Hollier, Editor While attending the Pipeline Technical Conference in Berlin, Germany, last month, I came across multiple new innovations designed to improve or protect the pipeline industry, and a few projects that are making a big splash in that part of the world. One large project became of..

Major Russian Pipeline Contaminated, Could Cost Billions

After several days of uncertainty and the potential loss of billions of dollars over contaminated oil flowing from Russian pipelines, clean oil seems to finally be arriving back in several Eastern European countries.

Application Filed for New Nord Stream 2 Route

The developers of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany applied for a third route south of Denmark's Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, as they try to overcome objections from the country.

Nord Stream 2 Delay 'Trump Card' in Russia-Ukraine Talks: EU Official

Construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany is bound to face further long delays, forcing Moscow to come to an agreement with Ukraine on future gas transits, a senior EU official said.

Romania Premier Encourages European Independence From Russian LNG

Romania's prime minister says a number of European countries need to diversify energy sources to lessen dependence on Russian gas.

Greece's DEPA to Become First Gas Supplier to Bulgaria Outside Gazprom

Bulgaria's Bulgargaz has struck a deal to buy 1.5 million megawatt hours of natural gas from Greece's DEPA, the first time the state provider has bought gas outside its long-term contract with Russia's Gazprom.

Nord Stream 2 Officials Optimistic Denmark Will Approve Pipeline Proposal

The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline company expects to receive approval from Danish authorities for a 110-mile stretch of the pipeline under the Baltic Sea in time to finish the pipeline by the end of 2019 as planned, a spokesman said on Monday.

Global News

Finland, Estonia and Latvia Sign Deal for Single Gas Tariff Zone Gas transmission operators of Finland, Latvia and Estonia signed an agreement on to set up a single gas transmission tariff zone for the three countries from the start of 2020. The agreement fulfills a goal ..

Serbia's Gastrans Invites Binding Bids for New Gas Link

Serbia's Gastrans has invited binding bids to book capacity at a planned section of Gazprom's TurkStream pipeline, which will carry Russian natural gas across Serbia to Europe.

Three Groups Bid to Build $1.6 Billion Gas Pipeline in Bulgaria

Three consortiums have submitted bids in a 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion) tender to build a pipeline to carry Russian natural gas across Bulgaria, state-owned network operator Bulgartransgaz said on Thursday.

Denmark Still Deciding on Russian-German Pipeline

Denmark's foreign minister Anders Samuelsen said Wednesday his country hasn't yet decided whether to allow a joint German-Russian gas pipeline to pass through its territorial waters, but suggested Moscow's continued aggression in Ukraine was making it less likely to be approved.

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