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 still main route for Russia-EU flows in December

Ukraine maintained its position as Gazprom’s main export route in December, but Nord Stream and Yamal-Europe were also operating at capacity.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
FSRU Independence arriving in Lithuania

Baltic Sea markets move towards integration

The Balticconnector ends Finland’s isolation from EU markets but will do little to ease the region’s dependence on Russian gas until the Poland-Lithuanian interconnector comes online.

2 days ago Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A wind farm in Spain.

Spain set to boost climate ambition with ‘green’ coalition

An accelerated phase-out of coal and nuclear will boost the share of gas in Spain’s power mix by 2025, although competition from renewables will be fierce.

3 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Spain boosts imports of US LNG in November

Spanish imports of US LNG rose steadily between January and November 2019 and may overtake some of Spain’s traditional suppliers of the fuel

5 days ago Europe & Russia / LNG

Italian gas demand down 3% in November

Consumption fell in November 2019 after months of steady increases, although demand looks set to increase for the year as a whole.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / LNG
Nord Stream 2 construction

Gazprom supply flexibility to face hurdles in 2020

US sanctions on Nord Stream 2, progress on 'Balkan Stream', and the future of the Yamal transit contract will all have implications for Gazprom’s supply flexibility this year.

9 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko (left) and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Gazprom eyes EU market share after Ukraine deal

The 11th-hour agreement on transit via the Ukrainian route may open the door for Gazprom to increase its market share in the EU despite the current LNG glut.

7 January 2020 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers.

Gas transit deal ‘in principle’ appeases markets

Progress in the Berlin talks means a final agreement for the transit of gas between Russia and Ukraine may be reached in the coming days.

20 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Pipe-laying for TurkStream

Trans-Balkan route on track to reverse flows amid transit concerns

Reverse flows on the Trans-Balkan pipeline will ensure security of supply in some of Europe’s most vulnerable countries in the event of gas supply disruptions from January.

19 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

Coal slashed in Spain as wind and gas take larger power share

The share of gas in Spain’s power mix rose sharply in 2019, although it will have to compete with renewables for market share in 2020.

18 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Ukraine route sees boost in November amid transit talks

Higher demand for Russian gas in Europe has prompted an increase in volumes shipped via Ukraine, with flows from other pipelines seeing slight falls.

16 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

Spanish LNG imports suffer setback in October

A recovery in Spain’s imports of piped gas from Algeria prompted a decline in the country’s LNG imports in October and narrowed the gap between the sources of supply.

13 December 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Polish gas storage

Poland-Ukraine cooperation to boost gas output

Kiev and Warsaw are determined to cooperate on gas production in a move to reduce dependence on Russian gas imports.

12 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production

Poland sees higher price in power auction

The closing price in Poland’s most-recent capacity payment auction came out higher than it has done in previous years.

11 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
A coal power plant in Poland.

Poland set to boost gas-fired generation in 2024

The results of Friday’s power market auction show gas is making progress in Poland’s power sector, but its share will remain small compared with that of hard coal and lignite.

9 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The receiving terminal for TurkStream.

TurkStream readies for startup amid concern over Bulgarian section

The second leg of the pipeline, planned to stretch over southeastern Europe, is facing delays, although Bulgaria has secured alternative supply routes.

6 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A platform in Azerbaijan's giant Shahs Deniz gas field

CEE eyes new regional funding for gas projects

Regional private investment funds may help offset the potential reduction in EU funding for gas projects in Central and Eastern Europe.

5 December 2019 Asia Pacific / Pipelines, Storage & Power

French LNG imports set to double in 2019

LNG is set to cover half of France's gas demand this year amid low spot LNG prices and high utilisation rates at the country’s four terminals.

3 December 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Minskaya compressor station on Yamal-Europe pipeline

Yamal expiry shows Poland’s push to lower prices

Poland is likely to continue importing gas from Russia from 2023, but new supply sources look set to force Gazprom to lower its prices.

28 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Italian gas demand up 4.9% in first nine months of 2019

After a 3% drop in 2018, Italy’s gas consumption has recovered this year amid low spot prices and a surge in LNG imports.

27 November 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand

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