Russia & CIS

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.

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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.

Russia May Ship Gas via Ukraine After 2019: Report

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow may keep gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, despite the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Russia’s TMK Looks at Gas Pipeline Construction in Bulgaria

Russian oil and gas pipe-maker TMK said it was interested in bidding for the construction of a gas pipeline in Bulgaria, as Sofia looks to secure a link with the Moscow-designed TurkStream gas pipeline.

Russian Gas Volume Through Ukraine Jumps 26% in January

Russian natural gas volumes piped via Ukraine to European consumers rose 26 percent year-on-year in January to 7.6 Bcm, the Ukrainian gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said.

Gazprom Seeks Bigger Share of European Gas Market after Record Exports

Russia's Gazprom is looking to gain an even larger gas market share in Europe following record-high 2018 exports, expecting a decline in Europe's gas output combined with rising demand.

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Eni’s Indonesia Gas Project may Start Up in 2021   Indonesia’s deputy energy minister said Eni aims to start output of natural gas in 2021 from its offshore Merakes project, which includes construction of subsea systems and pipelines to transport production to a floating production unit (FPU) appro..

2019 Global Pipeline Construction Outlook

The upstream sector started the new year on a cautious note following a sharp decline in oil and gas prices, but the midstream sector roared into 2019 on a wave of pipeline construction activity. The latest Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates 145,353 miles of pipelines were planned or under construction worldwide at the start of the year.

Bulgaria to Seek Binding Bids for TurkStream Link by Jan 16

Bulgaria's state gas network operator plans to launch a binding open season this month for a 300-mile link that would transport mainly Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline to central Europe.

Firms Approve Pipeline to Supply Norwegian gas to Poland

Polish and Danish gas grid operators Gaz-System and Energinet agreed to finance construction of the Baltic Pipe project, a 560-mile pipeline transporting Norwegian gas to Poland via Denmark.

Bulgaria OKs Pipeline Linking Russian gas to Central Europe

Bulgaria will go ahead with construction of a $1.59 billion pipeline to Turkey that enables Gazprom to transport natural gas from the TurkStream pipeline to Europe, bypassing Ukraine to the south.

Newcomer Wins Major Gazprom Pipe Contract, to Market's Surprise

Russia's ZTZ said it has won a contract to sell half a million tons of pipes next year to Gazprom for construction of part of the Power of Siberia pipeline.

Putin, Erdogan Mark Key Phase in TurkStream Pipeline

The offshore construction phase of TurkStream natural gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey is now complete.

Finland Eyes Imports of Piped Norwegian Gas via Poland, Baltics

Finland could receive gas from Norway via a network of pipelines being planned through the Baltic countries and Poland, as part of an effort to reduce its dependency on gas imports from Russia.

Russian Gas Exports to Boom Despite US Pressure

Russia is setting records in gas pipeline exports despite U.S. pressure on Europe to reduce imports and aims to become the world’s leading liquefied gas exporter in the next decade thanks to technology it is developing at home.

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Pipelaying for Ichthys LNG Project. (Photo: Inpex) Ichthys LNG Project Commences Production Japan’s Inpex Corp. marked a key milestone in late July with the start of natural gas production from its giant Ichthys Field offshore northern Australi..

Nord Stream 2 on Track Despite Sanction Risk, Operator says

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is on track to start flowing Russian gas to Germany by the end of 2019, its operator said Friday, with European investors still committed to the project despite criticism and the threat of sanctions.

Midyear International Update: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

Global energy trends and forecasts entering the second half of 2018 continue to support a generally bullish outlook for oil and gas production and infrastructure construction to meet growing demand and evolving patterns of interregional trade.