Russia & CIS

Nord Stream Gas Capacity to Europe Constrained by Repair Delays

The capacity of Gazprom's Nord Stream 1 pipeline to supply gas to Europe is partly constrained as sanctions make it impossible for equipment supplier Siemens Energy to return a turbine being maintained in Canada, the companies said.

ONGC Expects Sanctions to Further Delay Russia's Sakhalin 1 Oil Project

Operations at Russia's Sakhalin 1 oil project will continue to face disruptions for 'a couple of months' as Western sanctions have hit insurance cover for ships to transport crude, according to India's ONGC Videsh, a stakeholder.

Dutch Government Reluctant to Boost Production from Groningen Gas Field

Tapping the Groningen gas field, which is being wound down due to a series of earthquakes, should be a "last resort", a Dutch minister said on Tuesday, after a government advisory body suggested using the field to help fill gas stores.

Sources: US to let Eni, Repsol Ship Venezuela Oil to Europe for Debt

Eni and Spain's Repsol SA could begin shipping Venezuelan oil to Europe as soon as next month to make up for Russian crude, resuming oil-for-debt swaps halted two years ago when Washington stepped up sanctions on Venezuela.

Bosnian Region Extends Gazprom Gas Deal Until End-2022

Bosnia's major gas importer Energoinvest has extended a deal on gas supplies with Russia's Gazprom until the end of the year under unchanged conditions.

Poland Could Build Second Unit to Receive LNG amid Czech, Slovak Interest

Poland could build a second floating storage and regasification unit next to an already planned installation because the Czech Republic and Slovakia are interested in buying more LNG, the Polish climate minister said.

RTUs Working in the Field for Oil and Gas Pipelines

The second line of the China-Russia crude oil pipeline began commercial operation in January 2018 and doubled China’s annual imports of Russian crude oil from 15 million to 30 million tons.

Snam Buys Regasification Vessel as Italy Diversifies Energy Supplies

Italy's state-controlled Snam has agreed to buy a floating regasification terminal with capacity of 5 billion cubic meters a year from Golar LNG, as Rome works to cut its reliance on Russian gas.

Croatia Ready to Increase Adriatic Oil Pipeline Capacity, Hungary Says

Croatia is ready to increase the capacity of the Adriatic oil pipeline to supply Hungary and Slovakia with crude in case of any disruptions to imports from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline, Hungary's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

In Latin America, Peru Streaks Ahead in LNG Race to Europe as Trinidad Stumbles

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers try to take advantage of a global energy shift triggered by Europe's move to become independent from Russian gas, Latin America's only two LNG exporters are moving in opposite directions.

Denmark's Orsted Warns of Russian Gas Supply Halt After Spurning Ruble Payments

Orsted on Monday warned that Russia's Gazprom Export could stop supplying gas to the Danish energy company because it has refused to pay in rubles, but such a move would not immediately put Denmark's gas supplies at risk.

Eastward Yamal Flows Edge Lower, Other Flows Stable

Eastbound gas flows via the Yamal-Europe pipeline from Germany to Poland fell on Monday morning from their Friday levels, while flows via other routes were stable.

Ukraine Demands Germany Cut or Halt Nord Stream 1 Gas Flows

Ukraine's state gas company and gas infrastructure operator have issued a demand to the German government to either halt or severely curtail gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the head of the gas system operator said on Friday.

Slovakia Strikes Supply Deals for LNG, Piped Norwegian Gas

Slovakia's state gas firm SPP has struck deals to buy enough piped Norwegian gas and other shipments of LNG to cover around 65% of the country's demand until the end of next year, Economy Minister Richard Sulik said.

Poland Ends Deal to Receive Russian Gas after Ruble Dispute

Poland said on Monday it had terminated its agreement with Russia to receive Russian gas via the Yamal pipeline, after Warsaw rejected a demand to pay for the fuel in rubles and Moscow responded by cutting off supplies in April.

Russia Stops Gas Flows to Finland Over Payments Dispute

Russia's Gazprom on Saturday halted gas exports to neighboring Finland, in the latest escalation of an energy payments dispute with Western nations.

Germany, Qatar Sign Energy Partnership Agreement Focused on Gas

Germany and Qatar have signed a declaration to deepen their energy partnership, with a focus on trade in hydrogen and LNG, as Europe's biggest economy looks for alternative supplies amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Finland Leases Floating LNG Terminal for 10 Years to Break Free from Russian Gas

Finland has agreed to a 10-year charter for a floating storage and regasification vessel with U.S. based Excelerate Energy to help replace Russian gas supply, finance minister Annika Saarikko said on Friday.

RWE: Germany Can Be Independent from Russian Gas by Spring 2025

Germany can wean itself off Russian gas within the next three years, the CEO of the country's largest power producer, RWE, told a newspaper.

Russia to Halt Gas Flows to Finland on Saturday

Russia's Gazprom has informed Finland it will halt flows of natural gas from Saturday morning, Gasum said on Friday, after the Finnish state-owned gas wholesaler refused to pay its Russian supplier in rubles.

Europe Will Need Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline One Day, Kremlin Says

Russia has no hope of starting up its undersea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 anytime soon but is confident that Europe will need the pipeline someday regardless of what it says now, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Israel Ramping Up Gas Output, Looks to Help Supply Europe

Israel is boosting offshore natural gas output and aims to reach a supply agreement with Europe in the coming months as the continent looks to replace Russian supply.

Eni Set to Open Rubles Account for Russia Gas Unless Told Otherwise by EU

Italian energy group Eni will begin the process of opening an account in rubles next week to pay for Russian gas unless it is told that would breach sanctions, three sources close to the matter said.

Ukraine Will Not Reopen Gas Route Until It Controls Pipeline System

Ukraine will not reopen the Sokhranovka gas transit route from Russia to Europe until Kyiv obtains full control over its pipeline system, the head of operator GTSOU said on Thursday.

Bulgaria to Receive US LNG Deliveries Starting in June

Bulgaria has agreed to purchase two shipments of U.S. LNG for June and is in talks for a long-term contract for U.S. deliveries after Russia's Gazprom cut off gas supplies to Sofia, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on Wednesday.

Russian Gas Flows to Europe Via Ukraine Fall after Kyiv Shuts Route

Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine fell by a quarter on Wednesday after Kyiv halted use of a major transit route blaming interference by occupying Russian forces, the first time exports via Ukraine have been disrupted since the invasion.

Ukraine to Suspend Key Russian Gas Transit to Europe

Ukraine said on Tuesday it would suspend the flow of gas through a transit point which it said delivers almost a third of the fuel piped from Russia to Europe through Ukraine, blaming Moscow for the move and saying it would move the flows elsewhere.

Russia Concerns Loom Over FERC and EPA Anti-Pipeline Efforts

Pipeline companies had already been pressuring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine to rethink its two new policy statements on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pipeline certificates.

Report: LNG Supply Crisis Will Make Landfall in Winter 2022

A LNG crisis is brewing for European countries dealing with energy insecurity in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as demand will outstrip supply by the end of this year, according to a new report from Rystad Energy.

Japan to Ban Russian Oil Imports 'In Principle,' Prime Minister Says

Japan will ban Russian crude oil imports "in principle," as part of a Group of Seven (G7) campaign to counter Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said after an online meeting of G7 leaders on Sunday.