Dariusz Kalan

Eastern Europe correspondent
Laoding TAP pipes in Albania, April 2016. (TAP)

Hungary-Slovenia line threatened despite PCI status

An interconnector between Hungary and Slovenia looks good on the Slovenian side, but what it offers to Hungary is less clear.

2 January 2018
EU director general dominique ristori

Russia is ‘oriented into the old world’ – EU official

The EU’s director general for energy has criticised Russia’s gas policy, saying it is not keeping up with the pace of change in Central Europe.

6 December 2017
Fracking in Poland.

Slovenia’s Petišovci field sparks hope and fear

The Petišovci field offers Slovenia a chance to reduce its dependence on gas imports, but environmental concerns may stymie its development.

5 December 2017
The Hungarian and Slovakian prime ministers standing by a pipeline.

Hungary dances between BRUA and Eastring

Hungary is backing two pipeline projects to bring gas from the Black Sea that many see as competitors.

30 November 2017
hungarian storage chief László Fritsch

Hungarian storage will become more valuable – Fritsch

Hungary’s gas storage sites are underused, but a recovery in the market could see utilisation rates rise, says the CEO of Hungarian Gas Storage Ltd.

20 November 2017
Baumgarten gas hub, Austria.

BRUA pipeline back on track, but doubts remain

The BRUA gas pipeline appears to be back on schedule, but rival projects in eastern Europe are causing speculation over its future.

30 October 2017
Former Qatari economy minister Mohamed al-Thani

LNG responds to market not politics – Qatar ex-minister

Mohamed al-Thani, Qatar’s former economy minister, says his country’s LNG exports have not been affected by the recent diplomatic spat.

30 October 2017
Deliveries of test gas  to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, Poland.

Central Europe eyes further investment in LNG

Central Europe is looking to LNG to provide an alternative to its over-dependence on Russian gas imports.

17 October 2017
Ships laying pipeline for Turkish Stream

Turkish Stream puts the Balkans under the spotlight

The Balkans will be an important gas transit corridor once the second stage of Turkish Stream is built, but it could also lead to greater regional dependence on Russia.

6 September 2017
Sections of the Negotino-Klecovce pipeline, FYR Macedonia

Financing could stymie FYR Macedonia-Bulgaria link

Plans for a second gas interconnector between FYR Macedonia and Bulgaria may struggle to attract funding.

4 September 2017

Serbia’s turn to Russia becomes a challenge for EU

Serbia has signalled its intention to join Russia’s Turkish Stream pipeline project, which could alienate the EU.

31 August 2017

Croatian FSRU revives talks of reverse flow to Hungary

Plans for reverse-flow capacity on the Hungarian-Croatian interconnector have faced lengthy delays, but proposals for an LNG terminal in Krk have revived interest.

24 July 2017

Eastring moves forward, but money remains an issue

The proposed interconnector is making slow progress, but questions over funding and a competing project mean it still has far to go, experts say.

18 July 2017

Slovakia supporting Ukraine despite risks – Hamžík

Slovakia’s ambassador-at-large for energy security explains his country’s reverse-flow support for Ukraine.

17 July 2017

Lithuania’s gas hub plans move further away

Although the Klaipeda LNG terminal has been successful for Lithuania, the country’s attempt to become a Baltic gas trading hub is faltering.

2 June 2017

Poland-Lithuania energy talks rise above politics

Energy relations between Poland and Lithuania should not be marred by political disputes, a former Lithuanian energy minister says.

17 May 2017

Czech NS2 support ‘tough luck’ for Poland – Bartuška

Poland and the Czech Republic are struggling to agree over further connecting their gas networks. The Czech ambassador for energy security explains why.

2 May 2017

Work ongoing for Polish-Slovak interconnector

The Polish-Slovak interconnector is set to receive a large share of its funding through the European Commission, but the project will still face challenges beyond its control.

31 March 2017

Politics and finance complicate INA buy-out

Croatia is attempting to buy out Hungarian player MOL’s share in INA, but tangled political relations and a lack of cash are complicating matters.

15 March 2017

Eastring’s goal is not to serve one supplier – Topolánek

Eustream board member Mirek Topolánek discusses the opportunities and challenges of the proposed Eastring pipeline.

22 February 2017

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