Polish politician Piotr Naimski has said his country is not eager to extend its gas supply contract with Russia. (EP) Energy Security

Third time lucky for the Baltic Pipe project?

Plans to bring Norwegian gas to Poland via Denmark have re-emerged for a third time, with the partners aiming for startup by 2022.

Artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C. The plant’s ‘strike price’ was approved under EU state aid rules. (EDF) Competition Law

Brexit brings EU state aid rules into question

The prospect of a hard Brexit is raising concerns about how state aid issues in the UK energy sector will be resolved in the future.

EC to allow Gazprom full OPAL capacity – Novak

Russia is expecting the European Commission to allow Gazprom to use the capacity of the OPAL gas pipeline by the end of October.

17 October 2016

Brussels OKs joint control of Galp distribution

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over Galp Gás Natural Distribuição of Portugal.

14 October 2016

Brussels will not pursue binding rules for gas quality

The European Commission has announced that it will not pursue binding rules for gas quality harmonisation across the EU in the near future.

14 October 2016
ITRE has backed proposals for more transparency in IGAs and for strengthened supply security regulations. (EP)

Brussels advances tighter rules for gas security

The EU has moved forward in its efforts to strengthen supply security this week after two key legislative proposals were backed by MEPs.

14 October 2016

MEPs vote in favour of key energy proposals

MEPs in the European Parliament’s energy committee is backing a proposal for more transparency in intergovernmental agreements on energy.

13 October 2016

ACER launches survey on barriers in gas markets

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators has invited gas companies to participate in a survey on barriers in European wholesale gas markets.

11 October 2016

German Federal Council to ban new petrol/diesel cars from 2030

The German Federal Council has reached an agreement on banning new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

10 October 2016

Brussels OKs changes to Slovenian renewables support

The European Commission has approved changes to a Slovenian support scheme for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration under EU state aid rules.

10 October 2016
A delivery of test gas to Poland’s LNG terminal. Shippers face difficulties dispersing LNG in Europe. (Gaz-System)

EU network codes could boost LNG imports

Completion of the EU network codes could make Europe more attractive as a destination for LNG by ironing out the difficulties shippers face in transmitting the regasified fuel.

10 October 2016
Signature ceremony of the EU’s ratification of the Paris agreement. (EP)

Paris deal brings new opportunities for gas

The speedy ratification of the COP21 Paris agreement has given room for renewed optimism in the fight against global warming and could bring new opportunities for gas in the short and long term.

7 October 2016
The Dunkirk LNG terminal is helping the French gas market to attract more players. (EDF)

French tariff ruling could boost wholesale market

The ECJ has found that regulated gas tariffs in France may be in breach of EU law, and all eyes are now on the French supreme court, which will have the final say.

6 October 2016

EU Parliament backs Paris agreement with clear majority

MEPs in the European Parliament on Tuesday backed the EU’s ratification of the COP21 Paris climate agreement with a clear majority.

5 October 2016

Europe’s energy bill continues to decline

The cost to Europe of importing energy products from third countries continues to shrink, fresh data from Eurostat shows.

5 October 2016

EU to provide €300 mln loan to Belgium’s Rentel wind farm

The EU will support the construction of the 309 MW Rentel wind farm off the Belgian coast in the North Sea with a loan of up to €300 million.

4 October 2016

EU environment ministers fast-track COP21 agreement

EU environment ministers have agreed to fast-track the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the agreement to come into force within weeks.

3 October 2016
A view of the Mongstad CCS facility in Norway. The country is doing more research on the technology. (TCM)

Norway gives major boost to CCS in Europe

Further research on three pilot carbon capture and storage projects in Norway should help Brussels to promote the technology.

3 October 2016

Close to 80% of Dutch gas reserves used – CBS

Dutch domestic gas production continues its drastic decline, which could leave the country running out of gas in 17 years, the country's statistical service says.

30 September 2016
The planned EUGAL pipeline route from the Baltic Sea to Czech Republic.

Nord Stream 2 to trigger midstream investment

Nord Stream’s expansion would bring 55 bcm/y of gas to northern Germany and prompt investment in infrastructure to transport it.

30 September 2016
An LNG carrier approaching Italy’s Panigaglia terminal. Many European LNG terminals are under-utilised. (Interfax)

MEPs warn against excess LNG and storage capacity

A draft resolution adopted this week by the European Parliament’s energy committee has highlighted the risk of LNG terminals and gas storage facilities becoming stranded.

29 September 2016

Liquidity on European gas hubs increasing – report

Liquidity on European gas hubs is increasing, with particular progress registered in the Central East European region.

28 September 2016

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