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Gas imports by Finland and the Baltic states in figures

Russia’s grip on the gas markets of Finland and the Baltic states may loosen as new, EU-backed import infrastructure comes into play.

Yesterday Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power

African piped gas flows to Europe plummet in 2019

Imports of relatively cheap LNG into the European market last year severely dented flows of African piped gas.

10 January 2020 Supply & Demand
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 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 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 Supply & Demand

CEE gas demand in figures

The 12 EU member states of the Three Seas Initiative consumed 75 billion cubic metres of gas in 2018, and demand is set to rise.

10 December 2019 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power

UK LNG imports see sharp rise in September

Volumes entering the country increased significantly in September after falling to record lows in August, recent UK data shows.

6 December 2019 Policy & Regulation
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 LNG
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 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power

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 Exploration & Production
The Patnow coal-fired power plant in Poland

EU energy transition struggles in Central Europe

Several Central and Eastern European countries are blocking an agreement on increased caron reduction targets because of lack of a clarity on EU funding.

10 October 2019 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (left) with the French president in Paris. (PA)

Ireland-France power link brings both risks and rewards

The Celtic Interconnector may reduce Ireland’s reliance on gas-fired power, but it will expose the Irish market to periods of supply shortages on the continent.

3 October 2019 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 Supply & Demand

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