Russia & CIS

German Regulator in Touch with Nord Stream 2 Over Certification Issues

Germany's energy regulator said on Friday that it is in touch with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline consortium and expects it will provide assurances that the project meets the regulator's requirements.

Polish PGNiG Says Nord Stream 2 Will Increase Risks for EU Gas Supplies

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will increase threats to the security of gas supplies to the European Union, Polish gas giant PGNiG said in a submission as part of the certification procedure for the pipeline's operator.

Putin Says Nord Stream 2 Can Sell Gas to Europe Upon German Approval

Russia can start supplies of natural gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as soon as it gets the green light from Germany, President Vladimir Putin said.

From Abandoned Fields to Salt Caves, Gazprom's Gas Storage is Almost Full

Russia, whose gas production and exports to European Union are already near record highs, said last week it needed to finish filling its own gas storage reserves before it could increase supplies to Europe's spot market.

Putin Says Gas Crisis Could Yet Hurt Russia

The European gas crisis can yet bite Russia, President Vladimir Putin said, should soaring prices feed into inflation, further boosting the cost of essentials such as food, or reduce demand for fuel.

Head of Ukraine's Naftogaz Accuses Russia of Blackmailing Europe Over Gas

The head of Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz said Russia was trying to blackmail Europe into certifying its Nord Stream 2 pipeline by keeping natural gas supplies lower.

Russia Urges Germany to Expedite Nord Stream 2 Certification

Russia's representative to the European Union urged the German authorities to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Nord Stream 2 Fills First Line with Gas Ready for Export

The operator of the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the bed of the Baltic Sea said the first of the project's two lines has been filled with so-called technical gas, while still awaiting clearance to start sales to Europe.

Germany's Nord Stream 2 Gatekeeper: The Long Road Until Gas Flows

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is completed and ready to pump Russian gas to Europe, but nothing is flowing yet because it is still awaiting clearance from Germany's energy regulator.

Russian Gas Transit Below Contract Level, Ukraine Operator Says

Russia is sending less gas to Europe via Ukraine than specified in the current transit contract, Ukraine's pipeline operator said on Friday.

Putin Says Russia Will Supply More Gas if Europe Asks

European gas prices have hit record levels this month, but the Kremlin has denied that Russia is withholding supplies to exert pressure for quick regulatory approval of the new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Russia Says Nord Stream 2 Clearance May Cool Gas Prices in Europe

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that certification of the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline, which expects clearance from a Germany's regulator, could cool soaring European gas prices.

Energy Price Surge Sends Shivers Through Markets as Europe Looks to Russia

Soaring energy prices caused alarm among European leaders and sent shivers through global markets on Wednesday, raising concerns of a winter fuel crisis that could play into the hands of gas-rich Russia.

Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 Can Challenge EU Rules, EU Court Adviser Says

Gazprom's Swiss unit can challenge an EU gas rule that requires gas producers to be separate companies from those that control the pipeline, an adviser to the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

EU Looking into Complaints that Russia Stoking Gas Price Surge

The European Commission is looking into complaints by some EU countries that Russia is using its position as a major supplier to propel the soaring price of gas in Europe, the bloc's energy policy chief said on Tuesday.

Germany Seeks Competition Assurances Over Nord Stream 2 Gas Link

Germany's energy regulator said the pipeline must show it would not break competition rules by limiting which suppliers used it and could face a fine if it started pumping Russian gas to Germany without securing approvals.

Hungary Receives Gas Shipments from Ukraine, Pipeline Operator Says

Russian gas producer Gazprom under a long-term supply deal with Budapest that took effect on Friday is set to supply Hungary with gas via Serbia and Austria instead of through Ukraine.

Ukraine Demands Sanctions on Russia's Gazprom After Kyiv Loses Gas Imports

Ukraine called on the United States and Germany to impose sanctions on Russia's Gazprom, which it accused of using energy as a weapon after the energy giant implemented a transit deal with Hungary.

European Gas Prices Hit All-Time Highs as Russian Flows Slump

European gas prices surged to all-time highs on Friday as Russia kept a tight lid on supply, signaling further price pressures on consumers heading into the winter season.

Russia's Gazprom Completes Maintenance at Gas Pipeline to China

Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it has completed planned maintenance at the Power of Siberia natural gas pipeline to China.

Putin Says Turkey Safe from Gas Crisis Thanks to TurkStream Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey is shielded from a gas crisis, which has gripped Europe, thanks to the Russian-built TurkStream gas pipeline.

Hungary Accuses Ukraine of Meddling as Hungary Signs Russia Gas Pact

Russia, which used to ship natural gas primarily through Ukraine, has diversified export routes, constructing the undersea Nord Stream pipelines direct to Germany and the TurkStream link from Russia to Turkey.

U.S. Senate Panel Sets Hearing on Russian Gas Pipeline Amid Ukraine Concerns

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee scheduled a closed-door hearing for Sept. 29 to discuss Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which several lawmakers say could harm allies in Eastern Europe.

Russian Diamond Producer Tests CO2 Capture Potential by its Ore

State-controlled diamond producer Alrosa has teamed up with Russian scientists to test the ability of its processed ore to absorb carbon dioxide, the company said, adding that initial results of the study have been promising.

Record Gas Prices Could Hasten Nord Stream 2 Launch, Analysts Say

Record gas prices in Europe could hasten clearance for fuel supplies via Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, analysts said on Tuesday.

Germany has Four Months to Certify Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Germany's energy regulator on Monday said it had four months to complete a certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after receiving all necessary documents for an application for an operating license from the pipeline company.

U.S. Reassures Allies Over Nord Stream 2 but Calls it a 'Reality'

A senior U.S. envoy said on Saturday he had delivered reassurances to Ukraine and Poland on mitigating any threat posed by Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but that the project was now a "reality.”

Germany's Merkel Seeks to Calm Nord Stream 2 Fears

Merkel asserted that Ukraine will remain a transit land for Russian gas during a farewell visit to Poland during which also struck a conciliatory tone on Warsaw's conflict with the European Union over judicial reforms.

Russia Completes Nord Stream 2 Construction, Gas Flows Yet to Start

Gazprom said it had finished construction of the Nord Stream 2 subsea pipeline to Germany, allowing Russia to potentially double lucrative gas exports to Europe via the Baltic Sea while bypassing political foe Ukraine.

Russia Waits for Germany's Nod to Start Gas Sales via Nord Stream 2

Pumping commercial natural gas supplies via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will not start until a German regulator gives the green light, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.