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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.

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
Lithuania's Independence FSRU

Balticconnector on track to commission by end-2019

The completion of the offshore section means the pipeline is close to commissioning, potentially allowing Finland to receive gas from the Baltic states from 2020.

8 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The headquarters of the European Investment Bank

EIB U-turn risks gas infrastructure investment

The EIB is taking steps to become a ‘climate bank’ – at the expense of gas projects. It intends to phase out loans to all fossil fuel developments from 2021.

8 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Moldavian Prime Minister Maia Sandu.

Moldova turns to Ukraine to avert gas supply crisis

Moldovagaz and Ukrtransgaz are negotiating an interconnection agreement that would allow Ukraine to ship gas to Moldova should supplies from Russia be disrupted this winter.

5 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An LNG cargo arriving at Grain LNG

UK’s Port Meridian FSRU back on despite doubts

InfraStrata has reached an agreement with Meridian Holdings to build the Port Meridian FSRU project in northwest England, but doubts remain.

1 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Poland's Swinoujscie LNG terminal under construction.

Poland bets on Gdansk FSRU to meet projected demand

Poland is pressing on with its FSRU plans amid an expected increase in gas demand and the expiration of PGNiG’s supply contract with Gazprom in 2022.

30 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Cyprus's Vassiliko power station

Cyprus secures interest in FSRU, but delays likely

Cyprus’s plans to import LNG look likely to slide into the early 2020s, even though three consortiums have submitted bids to develop and install an FSRU at Vassiliko.

25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky casts his ballot

Zelensky unlikely to change Kiev’s gas transit stance after landslide win

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party took around 43% of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election, meaning his government is unlikely to change Kiev’s negotiating position in the upcoming gas transit talks with Russia.

23 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Mostar Bridge in Mostar.

Bosnia-Croatia pipeline moves forward amid controversy

The project has received EU backing for a feasibility study but faces many hurdles, including competition from a scheme intended to link Bosnia to Serbia and the TurkStream pipeline.

19 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A Polish coal-fired power station

Poland eyes nuclear and renewables to shift away from coal

Poland has set out ambitious plans for investments in nuclear and renewables that could potentially limit the scope for gas to replace coal in its power sector.

18 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Nordic nations see modest increase in green gases

Production of renewable gases in Sweden and Denmark has ramped up in recent years, but the fuel still has a long way to go to fulfil its potential.

15 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels
Lithuania's Independence FSRU

Lithuania boosts exports to neighbours amid low spot LNG prices

The country's Klaipeda LNG terminal has strengthened its position as a regional gas hub after record-high regasification volumes in June.

12 July 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Gas pipeline construction in Spain

Spanish utilities face revenue cuts

Spain’s competition regulator has proposed cuts to the fixed revenues for electricity and gas distributors. Major utilities fear these cuts could scare away investors.

11 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A coal mine in Serbia

No end in sight for Western Balkan coal subsidies

Coal subsidies remain plentiful in the region and are blocking a faster switch to gas and renewables.

9 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Russian gas volumes via Ukraine up 20% in Q1

Russia exported around 16 bcm of gas to the EU via the Ukrainian route in the first quarter of this year, making it the main supply corridor for Russia-EU flows.

8 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand
Shale gas production in Pennsylvania

Pipeline extensions boost gas-to-power demand in northeastern US

Pipeline projects in the northeastern US have increased the availability of gas in the region, lowering prices and seeing the fuel take market share from heating oil.

4 July 2019 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power

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