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An EDF offshore wind turbine

France’s offshore wind boom offers hope for gas players

Increasing investor appetite for offshore wind, coupled with the phase-out of coal and retirement of older nuclear plants, could leave more room for gas in the French power mix.

27 June 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power

CEE pipeline construction continues amid delays

The construction of pipelines for diversifying supplies in Central and Eastern Europe is continuing while Gazprom carries out its South Stream Lite project.

20 June 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Shipping in Ukraine's section of the Black Sea.

Kiev attracts foreign investors with PSA tenders

Ukraine has started to attract international oil and gas players to its territory with its most recent auctions.

18 June 2019 Exploration & Production
The Swinoujscie LNG terminal in Poland

PGNiG positions itself as LNG trader after US deals

The Polish company has signed major new supply agreements for US and Qatari LNG cargoes that may enable it to start re-exporting the fuel after 2023.

13 June 2019 LNG
Welding on the Serbian section of South Stream

Bosnia to be next battleground for CEE energy

Serbia is planning to extend the TurkStream pipeline across the north of Bosnia & Herzegovina, but Croatia is also building an interconnector in the south of the country.

13 June 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Moldovan President Igor Dodon.

Interconnector delay weakens Moldova's hand

The Romania-Moldova Interconnector will not be ready until at least August 2020, six months after the expiry date of Moldovagaz’s supply contract with Gazprom.

11 June 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power

Renewables investment fall leaves EU short of targets

Many EU countries risk missing their 2020 renewables targets because of a slowdown in investment since 2014, EU auditors have warned.

6 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
Greece's Revithoussa LNG terminal.

Bulgaria diversifies imports ahead of exchange launch

Bulgaria is collaborating with Greece and Turkey to provide easy access to their LNG terminals in advance of launching a new trading bourse.

5 June 2019 LNG
Krk island

Croatia’s Krk FSRU on track for completion in 2021

The developer began building the infrastructure for the project in April without making a public announcement, in the hope of avoiding environmental protests.

4 June 2019 LNG

European storage sees improved margins from TTF spread

The price difference between summer and winter gas prices on the TTF has widened substantially in recent months, providing economic support for storage injections.

31 May 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Petromar Central platform in Romania's Black Sea.

BRUA open season extended until October

FGSZ and Transgaz have delayed the deadline for booking capacity on their sections of the BRUA pipeline, suggesting FIDs on Black Sea gas projects are unlikely anytime soon

31 May 2019 Exploration & Production

Europe’s long goodbye to coal

Several countries in Western Europe have pledged to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030, but the fuel will retain a foothold in Germany and Eastern Europe.

30 May 2019 Alternative Fuels
Work on the TAP pipeline in Albania

TAP to test pipeline expansion interest in July

The developer of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline will test the market interest for a possible expansion of its capacity of up to 10 bcm/y from 1 July.

30 May 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Construction work on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

IGB pipeline delayed to March 2021

Issues with the procurement phase have delayed the start of construction until at least September, meaning the pipeline will not be ready until March 2021 at the earliest.

24 May 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power

TTF gas prices slide but Ukraine transit deal remains a risk

TTF gas prices have declined in recent weeks, but concerns are growing that Russia and Ukraine may not reach a transit agreement before the end of the year.

23 May 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
HGV being refuelled with LNG at Pontadera in Italy

Italian incentives boost biogas uptake

Italy has the potential to produce about 3 bcm/y of biomethane in 2030 and 35 bcm/y in 2050, meaning less natural gas will be needed to meet demand.

23 May 2019 LNG
The Jade Weser deepwater container port in Wilhelmshaven. (PA)

Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal to move onshore if demand high enough – Uniper

Uniper will replace its planned Wilhelmshaven FSRU with an onshore terminal at a second stage if there is enough demand from the market.

17 May 2019 LNG
Offshore construction work on Nord Stream 2.

Europe prepares for no deal on Ukraine transit

An agreement between Ukraine and Gazprom on gas transit is not likely to be signed before December 2019, causing price spikes and potential disruptions in Europe.

16 May 2019 Supply & Demand
The Arctic Princess delivers the commissioning cargo for Grain LNG's Phase 3

Grain LNG benefits from price drop

The UK terminal’s operator hopes the high level of imports seen after the recent fall in LNG prices will increase interest in the extra capacity it plans to make available from 2025.

14 May 2019 LNG
An artist's impression of the FSRU at Wilhelmshaven

New deal for German LNG sparks project expansion

The developers of the Brunsbuttel LNG terminal have signed a third long-term capacity booking, which will enable them to expand the facility's capacity to 8 bcm/y

10 May 2019 LNG

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