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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.

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.

19 hours ago 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.

2 days ago 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
The Litoral de Almeria coal-fired power plant. (Endesa)

Low profits for Spanish coal plants may accelerate phase-out

Endesa’s sudden decision to close two of its coal-fired power plants may boost gas in Spain’s power mix and hasten the end of coal-burning.

30 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Hungarian President Janos Ader

Hungary’s 2030 pledge to end coal likely to be too optimistic

Gas is in a good position to squeeze coal in Hungary’s power mix from 2020, but the country is unlikely to completely phase coal out by 2030 despite recent pledges.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
South Stream construction in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s gas hub plans advance despite delays

The Black Sea gas hub could begin operating by the end of 2021 as major infrastructure projects in the region seem to be moving forward.

26 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Cyprus's Vassiliko gas-fired power station

US LNG may supply first Cypriot FSRU

Cyprus’s first FSRU opens a window of opportunity for US LNG to supply another market in Europe.

20 September 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Naftogaz drilling in Ukraine

Black Sea tender annulment sets back Ukraine

The annulment of the Dolphin tender risks undermining investor confidence in the country rather than attracting ‘big’ foreign players

19 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production

ECJ’s OPAL decision boosts Ukraine gas transit

The volume of gas flowing to Germany's Greifswald interconnection point fell from 96.31 MMcm/d to 72.22 MMcm/d following the enforcement of the court ruling.

18 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Poland's LNG terminal.

Poland-Slovakia pipeline opens door for LNG in Central Europe

The construction of the interconnector would provide a route for regasified LNG to reach Central Europe’s landlocked states.

17 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Moldovan President Igor Dodon (left) with Russian President Vladimir.

Moldova eyes TurkStream over fear of Ukraine disruption

Moldova wants to be connected to Gazprom’s planned TurkStream pipeline to hedge against possible interruptions to gas supplies through Ukraine this winter.

12 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addresses Spain's parliament.

Spain’s renewables auctions on hold as coalition plans falter

The delay to forming a new coalition government in Spain has put on hold Madrid’s plans to hold new auctions for renewable energy capacity.

9 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Berlaymont building.

New EU commission to balance climate ambition and energy security

The EU’s new director general for energy has reiterated gas’s key role in the energy transition and restated that green gases will be supported by the incoming European Commission.

5 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Naftogaz infrastructure in Ukraine

Ukraine’s new government prepares for gas transit talks

Kiev’s new cabinet will seek to secure a long-term transit agreement between Naftogaz and Gazprom, but it is also preparing for a no-deal outcome.

3 September 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
M5S leader Luigi Di Maio

Leftist coalition in Italy signals boost in climate ambition

The newly formed coalition between M5S and the PD will likely seek to accelerate Italy’s renewable energy expansion, but gas will remain a key transition fuel.

30 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Gas pipeline construction in Spain

MidCat hangs by thread after key parts cancelled

The pipeline is now unlikely to make it to the upcoming EU list of Projects of Common Interest as a French TSO has given up on two of the project’s key segments

29 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

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