Politics & Regulation

Flag of NATO - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (© Shutterstock/railway fx)
Flag of NATO - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (© Shutterstock/railway fx)

NATO To Create New Security Environment for Subsea Pipelines

Given what several NATO country-members see as a growing threat to critical maritime infrastructure, Germany and Norway will formally ask NATO to coordinate efforts to protect undersea pipelines and other such infrastructure, some two months after explosions ripped holes in the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines, disabling them.

The Lubyanka, headquarter of the FSB in Moscow (© Shutterstock/Felix Lipov)
The Lubyanka, headquarter of the FSB in Moscow (© Shutterstock/Felix Lipov)

Yet Another Russian Gas Pipeline Under Attack?

In a statement that raised eyebrows among European pipeliners, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said last Thursday that it had prevented Ukrainian special services from carrying out what it said was sabotage on the 'South Stream' gas pipeline.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (© Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Headquarters in Washington, DC (© Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)

FERC Releases Annual Enforcement Report for Fiscal Year 2022

The Staff of the Office of Enforcement ("OE") of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") on November 17, 2022, released its sixteenth  Annual Report on Enforcement. The report highlights the activities carried out by OE's Division of Audits and Accounting ("DAA"), Division of Investigations ("DOI"), as well as the Division of Analytics ("DAS").

Flag of Nigeria (© Shutterstock/adaptice photography)
Flag of Nigeria (© Shutterstock/adaptice photography)

Company Security Team Faces Armed Resistance Over Pipeline Surveillance Contract

Nigeria-based Tantita security services limited operatives face death threats after uncovering illegal pipelines used in crude oil theft in various parts of the Niger Delta.

Operatives of the company owned by Ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, have been going across the region and recording the achievements in their work.

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (© Shutterstock/lev radin)
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (© Shutterstock/lev radin)

Kazakhstan Seeks to Reduce Dependence on Caspian Pipeline Using Alternative Export Routes

Kazakhstan president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called for the establishment of alternative routes for the country’s oil exports to reduce its dependence on Russia.

Flag of Norway on military uniform (© Shutterstock/Bumble Dee)
Flag of Norway on military uniform (© Shutterstock/Bumble Dee)

Norway Deploys Armed Forces To Guard Its Vast Gas Pipeline Network

Norway took immediate action after the 26 September discovery of the severely damaged Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea of the Danish and Swedish coasts to increase pipeline inspections on its 8,800-km pipeline network connecting Norway with continental Europe and Britain.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on Jun. 24, 2022 (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on Jun. 24, 2022 (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)

Going Against The Grain, Serbia Builds 128-km Pipeline For Russian Oil

In a  proposed pipeline project that flies in the face of the conventional European consensus to lessen the continent's dependency on Russian oil after Russian President Putin's war of aggression in Ukraine, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced this month the construction of a 128-km oil pipeline connecting the northern Serbian City of Novi Sad with Hungary.  

(From left) Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez (L); French President, Manuel Macron, and Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, pose for a photo at the beginning of their meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 20 October 2022. (© IMAGO / Agencia EFE)
(From left) Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez (L); French President, Manuel Macron, and Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, pose for a photo at the beginning of their meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 20 October 2022. (© IMAGO / Agencia EFE)

MidCat Pipeline To Be Replaced By New Green Energy Corridor

Flags of Gazprom and Russia flowing in the wind (© Shutterstock/rarrarorro)
Flags of Gazprom and Russia flowing in the wind (© Shutterstock/rarrarorro)

Gazprom Says A Big Section of the Nord Stream Pipelines Need To Be Replaced

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said late last week that a big section of the damaged Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines would need to be replaced.

"Experts say that in order to restore work after such a terrorist act, it is necessary to actually cut off a very large piece of pipe, at a great distance, and in fact build a new section on this section," Miller told a Russian TV station.

Route of the TurkStream pipeline as 3D rendering (© TurkStream)
Route of the TurkStream pipeline as 3D rendering (© TurkStream)

Several Arrested in a Foiled TurkStream Pipeline Attack, According to Russia

Russia claimed on Thursday, October 13, 2022, they had arrested people in a foiled attack on a section of the TurkStream gas pipeline located in Russia's territory, Interfax reported.

Norway on the map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)
Norway on the map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)

Norway Deploys A Specialist Vessel to Inspect Its Subsea Pipeline After Nord Stream Attack

After the attack on the two Nord Stream pipelines linking Germany to Russian gas, Norway deployed a specialist vessel to carry out inspections on the subsea natural gas pipeline to Germany due to safety concerns, a source privy to the project told Reuters.

Route of Nord Stream 2 (© Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (© Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Authorities Continue to Investigate Nord Stream Explosions

Nord Stream AG, the Switzerland-based operator of the severely - damaged Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines, has been informed by Danish, Swedish and Norwegian authorities that it cannot conduct its own investigation until the official one concludes.

Flags of France, Spain & Germany on a wall (© Shutterstock/helloRuby)
Flags of France, Spain & Germany on a wall (© Shutterstock/helloRuby)

Resurrection of 300-km MidCat Pipeline: Answer To European Energy Woes?

The German and Spanish governments held a summit meeting yesterday in the northwestern Spanish city of A Coruña to discuss European energy security in general and the resurrection of the MidCat pipeline in particular.

Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from a Danish F-16 near Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022. (© Danish Defence Command)
Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from a Danish F-16 near Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022. (© Danish Defence Command)

Nord Stream, Sabotage And The Greater European Marine Energy Infrastructure

After nearly two weeks of spewing out an estimated approximately 778 million standard cubic meters of toxic methane gas from three separate ruptures in the Nord Stream 1 & 2 lines on the Baltic Sea floor, the Danish Energy Agency said yesterday that the leaks have finally stopped.