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Germany puts energy debate on hold

German parties are split over their future energy plans but seem to be avoiding discussing it until after the election.

By Annemarie Botzki 22 September 2017
EU Energy Policy

Energy ministers hold first debate on infrastructure package

The European Infrastructure Package proposed by the European Commission is a good starting point to speed up the creation of pan-European energy corridors, EU energy ministers agreed on Thursday.

28 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Entso-E warns of supply risks this winter

European power markets will face a risk to security of supply if severe weather conditions occur this winter, following the shutdown of eight nuclear reactors in Germany, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E) warned on Thursday.

28 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC keeps pressure on Russia to accept Third Energy Package

Russia’s apparent failure to comply with EU law on third party access to pipelines and separation of supply and transmission businesses is infuriating the Commission which says it will keep pressuri

28 November 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Gas Natural, Sonatrach dispute back in limelight

Spanish utility Gas Natural may receive compensation from the government following its dispute with Algeria’s Sonatrach earlier in the year, and could receive up to €157.3 million ($209 million) to cover legal costs incurred.

28 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC takes Bulgaria, Romania to court over market failures

The European Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria and Romania to the European Court of Justice, as the two countries have failed to implement EU legislations on market transparency and third party

25 November 2011
Policy & Regulation

EDF Energy

EDF Energy said on Thursday that it welcomed the confirmation by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) that its application for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset had been accepted and would now be taken forward for examination.

25 November 2011
Supply & Demand

Germany gas demand

Natural gas demand in Germany fell to the lowest level recorded since 1998 in September, Deutsche Bank said in a Commodities Weekly report published on Friday.

25 November 2011
Companies & Finance

OMV closes refinancing package

Austrian oil and gas group OMV has closed a refinancing package with a syndicate of banks totalling €1.68 billion ($2.44 billion).

25 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Ministers concerned about financial impact of proposed energy efficiency measures

The presidency will today present a progress report to energy ministers on talks over the draft energy-efficiency directive proposed by the Commission in June.

24 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Ministers offer cautious support for enhanced co-ordination of external policies to secure supplies

EU energy ministers meeting in Brussels today will offer cautious support to a European Commission proposal to boost co-ordination of their countries’ external energy policies in order to secure the EU’s externals supplies, according to draft council conclusions circulated by the Polish EU presidency.

24 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Gas industry debates EU transparency law

Senior industry figures gathered at the E-mart conference in Lyon are concerned about new EU regulations that will require much greater levels of transparency, but are their concerns justified?

24 November 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Slovak-Hungary interconnector reaches final hurdle

Slovakian developer Eustream is pushing ahead with the Slovak-Hungarian gas interconnector project, with the procurement stage near and only a final study left to complete, a company spokesman told Interfax on Thursday.

24 November 2011
Exploration & Production

Mediterranean explorer sees production quadruple

Oil and gas producer and explorer Mediterranean Oil and Gas (MOG) has said its participation in Italy’s Guendalina gas field has quadrupled the company’s overall gas production from 40 thousand cubic metres per day (Mcm/d) to 160 Mcm/d.

23 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Gas traders prepare for stricter EU regulation

Gas traders are bracing themselves for stricter market regulation under the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Directive and Regulation on Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID).

23 November 2011
Supply & Demand

Limited potential for demand growth in Europe

There is limited potential for demand growth in European gas markets due to high costs for gas-to-power generators and increasing investment in renewables, Warner ten Kate, energy analyst at the International Energy Agency’s gas, coal and power markets division told a conference in Lyon on Wednesday.

23 November 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Serbian gas storage facility is first South Stream installation - Gazprom

The official launch ceremony of the Banatski Dvor underground gas storage facility was held in Serbia on Monday, two months after it was physically commissioned on 1 October, Russia's Gazprom said in a press release.

22 November 2011
Exploration & Production

Shale gas extraction demands caution, says Germany’s BDEW

Shale gas in Germany is an attractive option in principle but the safety of drinking water needs to be ensured and the extraction of unconventional resources must not interfere with coal mine safety, the Federal Association of Energy and Water (BDEW) said in a position paper it presented yesterday in a parliamentary hearing.

22 November 2011
Pipelines, Storage & Power

Bulgaria pushes ahead with gas diversification plans

Bulgaria is pushing ahead with a bilateral interconnector with Turkey that is designed to give a direct route for Caspian gas to Europe.

22 November 2011
LNG

Gas stands to benefit in post-Fukushima EU

A nuclear phase-out in both Germany and France would have huge knock-on effects for gas, but the European Commission is unlikely to propose a common strategy for nuclear policy anytime soon as the Parliament remains deeply divided on the issue.

22 November 2011
EU Energy Policy

Member states to water down proposal on intergovernmental agreements

EU member states are seeking to water down a recent proposal by the European Commission that aims to introduce ex-ante legal checks on intergovernmental energy agreements between member states and third countries, a summary note circulated by the Polish EU Presidency has revealed.

21 November 2011

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