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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.

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

Italy’s gas demand up by 4.3% in H1 2019

Italy’s LNG terminals benefited from cheap spot LNG in H1 2019 as pipeline imports fell.

23 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The TurkStream pipeline

Hungary and Slovakia deepen gas supply ties

The countries are planning contingency measures should Moscow and Kiev fail to reach a transit deal for this winter, but both remain determined to receive gas from Russia after 2020

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

Gazprom exports to Europe down by 4.7%

Low European spot prices and an increase in LNG imports have cut Gazprom’s exports to Europe, although Central European countries have boosted their offtake of Russian gas.

22 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Polish President Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump.

US manufacturer to deliver first equipment for Baltic Pipe

The agreement to supply 10 compressor units signals greater cooperation between Warsaw and Washington as they seek to bolster Poland’s energy security.

19 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Ukraine mulls repeat of Dolphin tender

The country is considering re-running the tender for the block to attract a bigger player, but such a move could provoke a legal challenge that would delay its development.

15 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Exploration & Production
The TurkStream pipeline

Turkmen gas exports to EU face setbacks

The prospect of gas from Turkmenistan reaching Europe still looks remote despite attempts by the EU and Bulgaria to facilitate imports.

15 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Greece's Revithoussa LNG terminal.

Greek LNG bunkering hub ambitions take step forward

DEPA has received approval to build a small-scale LNG facility at Patras as part of a wider EU-led project to promote LNG as a marine fuel in southeastern Europe.

9 August 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG

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