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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
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.

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
The Hinkley C nuclear power plant

Nuclear worries boost UK outlook for gas-to-power

The challenges facing the UK’s nuclear industry mean gas looks well-placed to defend or increase its market share and play a back-up role for renewables over the next decade.

27 September 2019 Alternative Fuels
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 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 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 Exploration & Production
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
LNG bunkering in Zeebrugge

Qatar boosts position in Europe’s LNG market with Zeebrugge booking

Qatar Petroleum has further strengthened its already significant market share in Northwest Europe by booking all the available capacity at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal.

13 September 2019 LNG
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 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 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 Pipelines, Storage & Power

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