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Anna Gumbau

Europe specialist

Anna Gumbau joined Interfax in July 2019 after graduating from the College of Europe, where she specialised in EU energy policy and Eastern European politics and history. Prior to that, she was a research assistant on the geopolitics of energy at the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics. She has freelanced for media outlets such as Deutsche Welle, EUobserver and TRT World, among others.

Ukraine and Nord Stream transit almost level in October

Greater utilisation of the NEL pipeline made up for slashed transit via OPAL last month, boosting flows of Russian gas via the Nord Stream pipeline compared with September.

11 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
The Gate LNG terminal in the Netherlands.

Germany’s LNG projects on track amid push for diversification

Two LNG projects may add 18 bcm/y of import capacity in Germany from 2023, with Berlin feeling the pressure to diversify its sources of gas away from Russia as Nord Stream 2 approaches startup.

8 November 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Protests at the EAGC conference

Gas industry at crossroads as protests escalate

Gas conferences in Europe are increasingly being targeted by activists, showing the industry must do better to communicate its climate objectives.

7 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
An anti-gas protest in Ireland in 2012

Irish LNG terminal set to tackle supply concerns

Ireland could import US LNG starting from 2022 and boost security of supply post-Brexit, but only if it can overcome fierce domestic opposition to the Shannon regas project.

7 November 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
A MOU signing ceremony for Northern Lights.

Next five years crucial for CCS development

Higher carbon prices and policy support may boost the prospects for the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage over the coming years.

6 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Barcelona LNG terminal.

Spain plans to create virtual LNG hub from 2020

The country will launch the new hub in in January in a move to tackle congestion at some LNG terminals and under-utilisation at others.

4 November 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Delivering test gas to the LNG terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland

PCI list confirms EU support for LNG projects

Central and Eastern Europe look set to further extend their LNG import infrastructure with EU support, as shown in the latest draft PCI list.

31 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Spain boosts Russian LNG imports over summer

Russia became Spain’s second-largest LNG supplier in July and August, consolidating its position as one of Spain’s main suppliers of the fuel.

30 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
The Rough gas storage facility.

Islandmagee storage project progresses amid winter gas uncertainty

Doubts over the UK’s winter gas supplies post-Brexit make a strong case for increased gas storage capacity in the country, although funding may remain an issue.

28 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A meeting on Ukraine-Russia gas transit in September 2019.

Swaps remain option to settle Ukraine transit dispute

Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom may resort to a gas swap deal to ensure transit of Russian gas via Ukraine this winter.

24 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel.

Ukraine mulls reviving LNG terminal project

Kiev needs to overcome geopolitical hurdles preventing LNG from reaching its Black Sea shores by reaching an agreement with Turkey over its exclusive economic zone.

22 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG

EU regas capacity may increase by 117 bcm/y by 2026

As global liquefaction capacity hits a new record, new large-scale onshore and offshore regasification projects in Europe are likely to boost the region's demand for LNG.

21 October 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
The Swinoujscie LNG terminal.

Poland-Ukraine capacity increase dampens new pipeline prospects

The chances of a new gas connection being built between Poland and Ukraine may fade as the transmission capacity on the existing interconnector will be bolstered from 2021.

18 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Sarajevo

Bosnia aims to draw foreign capital to gas sector

Sarajevo is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian gas transiting Ukraine by starting its own production and diversifying imports.

17 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
The chair of Poland's Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Revised law may boost Polish coal production

The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas.

15 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Castelnou Energia gas-fired power plant in Spain

Spanish energy reform puts role of gas at risk

The proposed cuts to fixed revenues from transmission and distribution tariffs may hamper investments in gas networks and renewable gases.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Construction of the TurkStream pipeline

Ukraine eyes Caspian gas amid transit talks

Ukraine wants to import gas from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan through Gazprom-owned infrastructure, and may use the ongoing transit negotiations as an opportunity to pressure Gazprom into accepting this.

10 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

EU gas imports up 20% in Q2

Declines in domestic production, low spot prices and the possibility of a disruption to gas transit through Ukraine saw the EU’s gas imports increase in Q2 2019.

4 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Kadri Simson

Simson dodges questions on EU gas security

The candidate to be the new EU energy commissioner stressed the European Commission’s intention to support renewable gases but avoided questions on Russian gas dependence during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
The Independence FSRU arriving in Lithuania

Finland-Estonia link boosts Paldiski FSRU plans

Estonia is re-joining the race to become a regional LNG hub in the Baltic as the lease on a nearby FSRU is set to expire and the country’s interconnector with Finland nears completion.

3 October 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

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