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Silvia Favasuli

Western Europe reporter

Silvia Favasuli joined Interfax in December 2016 as reporter for Western Europe. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Milan and previously worked for the Italian news site Linkiesta.it for three years.

Greece's Revithoussa LNG terminal.

Greek Alexandroupolis FSRU facing more delays

Gastrade has pushed back the completion date of the project by a further six months, but the suspension of DEPA’s privatisation process suggests a longer delay is likely.

3 days ago Europe & Russia / LNG
Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Pressure mounts on Hungary to restore original BRUA route

Budapest seems to have failed in its attempt to change the route of the pipeline, and it has also made a U-turn on investing in the Krk LNG terminal.

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A gas-fired power station in Italy

Italy plans gas investment to switch from coal

Enel and Edison, Italy’s two major utilities, are looking at installing new gas-fired generation capacity to replace the country’s coal-based power plants after 2025

11 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Italy sees sixfold increase in small-scale LNG investment

Investment in small-scale LNG projects under development in Italy has reached €1.8 billion, up from €300 million in 2017.

8 April 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Austria's Haidach gas storage site

German transit tariffs threaten storage site

Germany’s plan to increase tariffs at its cross-border interconnection points risks disrupting gas trading in Central Europe and stranding the Haidach storage facility.

4 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Solitaire pipelaying vessel working on Nord Stream 2.

NS2 delay may boost Kiev’s position in transit talks

Denmark has asked Nord Stream 2 to consider a new offshore route, potentially delaying startup by 6-12 months and extending Gazprom’s heavy reliance on Ukrainian transit.

29 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Alexei Miller with Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev

Gazprom moves to reassert itself in the Caspian region

Gazprom and the Kremlin are holding meetings with Caspian countries to bolster Russia’s political influence and discourage further attempts to expand the Southern Gas Corridor.

28 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production

Black Sea E&P proceeds as IOCs look south

IOCs are continuing to explore for gas in the Black Sea, but they are turning their eyes to the Southern Gas Corridor as a route to export future output to Europe.

28 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
The Andrew platform in the North Sea.

Cost-cutting needed to support UKCS growth

New exploration is needed to fully exploit the potential of the UK Continental Shelf. But with a tax rate of as low as 10%, it is up to the private sector to find the means.

22 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
A tanker approaches the Panigaglia terminal

Italy turns to Panigaglia amid LNG price drop

Low LNG prices are giving a new lease of life to the Panigaglia terminal, and the boost in activity is not expected to be a passing trend.

21 March 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

Serbia ignores EU rules on TurkStream extension

Belgrade has rebuffed requests by the Energy Community to make changes to the NTGP, and its failure to adhere to EU rules is likely to push it further out of Brussels' orbit.

14 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gastrans shareholders dominate Serbia

Serbia's gas market is dominated by TSO Gastrans's two shareholders – Gazprom and state-owned Srbijagas.

14 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Companies & Finance
Naftogaz facilities in Ukraine.

Ukraine struggles to attract upstream players

Kiev aims to be independent from gas imports by 2020, but the lack of interest in its latest licensing round shows the target may be too ambitious

11 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
A shah Deniz platform

BP’s Caspian drilling could tally with TAP Phase 2

BP is set to start drilling the Shafag-Asiman area this year, which could reveal a field as big as Shah Deniz and trigger the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor.

7 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
Welding a pipeline in Serbia

Serbia to limit its South Stream Lite gas offtake to 2 bcm/y

Gazprom was planning to send 2.5 bcm/y of gas to Serbia via South Stream Lite and TurkStream, but the Serbian regulator will limit deliveries to 2.0 bcm/y.

6 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Operations at the Corrib field

Inishkea find may overturn Ireland’s import strategy

Europa Oil & Gas says its discovery off Ireland may hold 42.5 bcm of gas, which could provide a significant share of the country’s gas demand.

4 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
A CNG filling station near Moscow.

Rosneft bets on Russian transport sector to take extra gas

The company is targeting the transport sector to help absorb some of the additional 32 bcm/y of gas it intends to produce by 2020.

1 March 2019 Europe & Russia / Gas for Transport
The Russian seaport of Ust-Luga, near the site for Baltic LNG.

Baltic LNG aims to compete with US cargoes

Shell wants the the Baltic LNG project to serve global markets and believes it can compete on price with US LNG.

28 February 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
An LNG carrier approaching Italy's Panigaglia LNG terminal.

Small-scale LNG makes progress in Italy

Construction on a second small-scale LNG project offering ship bunkering and truck reloading services has started in Italy, but many other such facilities are lagging behind.

28 February 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Austria's Baumgarten gas hub, termination point of the BRUA pipeline.

Romanian and Hungarian BRUA sections due by October

Romania’s TSO is confident it will complete its stretch of the BRUA pipeline by October 2019, while FGSZ is still working to divert the route from Hungary into Slovakia.

21 February 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

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