Politics & Regulation

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The flag of the USA (copyright by Shutterstock/Graeme Dawes)

State Department Readying to Levy Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Companies

Up to now, the Trump administration has merely threatened to impose sanctions on any company assisting with the construction of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic.  During the past several weeks, as construction on the last few kilometers has begun despite the threats, the U.S.

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Pakistan flag with drilling platforms and oil wells (copyright by Shutterstock/Comdas)

Pakistan To Build Short Distance Gas Pipeline For Power Generation

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) of Pakistan, has charged KE, the only vertically-integrated power utility in Pakistan, with the construction and operation of a 2.4-km short distance gas pipeline.

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Waving flags of Denmark and Germany (copyright by Shutterstock/esfera)

Germany and Denmark Sign Groundbreaking Gas Supply Agreement

For the first time in their bilateral relationship Germany and Denmark have signed late last month an agreement on gas solidarity to ensure that in times of supply crises they will come to each other's aid and help their neighbor out. Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Denmark’s Minister

Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)
Route of Nord Stream 2 (copyright by Shutterstock/MurzilA)

Special Pipe-Laying Vessel Fortuna Leaves the Nord Stream 2 Construction Site

Fortuna, the Russian pipe-laying vessel, has successfully completed the 2,6-km section of the Nord Stream 2 subsea gas pipeline in German territorial waters and is traveling to the Hanseatic German port of Wismar. The parent Nord Stream AG in Zug, Switzerland, said the ship will resume construction of the pipeline in Danish territorial waters by mid January.

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European Union flag infront of the European Commission (copyright by Shutterstock/symbiot)

EU Funds For Cross-Border Gas Pipeline Projects Dry Up

The construction of gas pipelines within the EU has been facilitated in the recent past by the institution's support for cross-border energy projects, meaning they can receive EU funding and fast-tracked permits, according to the TEN-E (Trans European Network) rules.

 Connecting Pipe Sections Above Water (copyright by Nord Stream 2)
Connecting Pipe Sections Above Water (copyright by Nord Stream 2)

Pipe Laying Work On Nord Stream 2 Commences Again In The Baltic

Undeterred by the threat of punitive sanctions if work on Nord Stream 2 resumes, the construction of the last hundred plus meters of the gas pipeline on the seabed of the Baltic picked up again after a one year hiatus.

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Pipeline in the mountains (copyright by Shutterstock/BILD LLC)

Growing concern by Canada’s Energy regulator

There is growing concern by Canada’s Energy regulator for the financial viability of two major pipeline projects. The first is the Trans Mountain expansion project and the second concerns construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Pipeline construction (copyright by AdobeStock/Sergii Ryzhkov )
Pipeline construction (copyright by AdobeStock/Sergii Ryzhkov )

Western Australia gets the go-ahead for the construction of a 580 km pipeline

Western Australia gets the go-ahead for the construction of a 580 km pipeline, costing $460 million, which will connect the Western Perth onshore gas production basin with mining customers in the Midwestern and goldfields regions of Western Australia.

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A man in a business suit offers money (copyright by Shutterstock/Oleksandrum)

AfDB and Uganda grant $1 million to boost East African Crude Oil Pipeline

The African Development Bank and the government of Uganda have signed an agreement to each provide $500,000 of finance for micro, small and medium sized private enterprises along the East African Crude Oil pipeline (ECOP). Grants to local businesses along the route could help them access new market opportunities and help build links with regional, national and international companies.

The Pioneering Spirit during the laying of the pipeline in Swedish waters(Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)
The Pioneering Spirit during the laying of the pipeline in Swedish waters(Copyright: Axel Schmidt / Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2: It Appears Reports of Its Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Against all odds Nordstream 2, which for the past nearly 12 months looked as if it was literally dead in the water, is scheduled to resume construction on the last 120-km of the disputed pipeline on 5 December.

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Bridge with pipelines (copyright by Shutterstock/tcly)

Europe's "Last Dictator" Throws Down the Pipeline Gauntlet

Amid sizable and protracted street demonstrations calling for the head of Alexandr Lukashenko, Bylorussia's leader, the last thing Lukaschenko needs is to provoke a spat over increased Druzhba pipeline tariffs with the giant Russian bear to his east.

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

FERC Proposes Guidance on Oil Pipeline Carrier Contracts with Affiliates

America’s energy market regulator, known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has issued a suggested policy statement providing guidance for oil and petroleum products pipeline operators, concerning tariff rates and terms of conditions related to affiliate contracts.

Joe Biden on January 07, 2020 (copyright by Shutterstock/Ron Adar)
Joe Biden on January 07, 2020 (copyright by Shutterstock/Ron Adar)

Biden Presidency Imperils Key Oil Pipelines

There is much media speculation that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will result in delays or abandonment of new pipeline projects. Pipeline projects will depend less on government’s energy policies and more on the state of the oil and gas industry and market demand.

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Enbridge Energy Headquarter (Copyright by Shutterstock/ JHVEPhoto)

Pipeline company vows to reduce its GHG emissions 35% by 2030, hit zero by 2050

Calgary-based Enbridge, North America’s largest crude oil pipeline operator, has announced plans to drastically cut their greenhouse emissions by 35 percent by 2030 and to reach net zero by the year 2050.

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American flag waving with the Capitol Hill (copyright by Adobe Stock/rarrarorro)

Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Now Part of US Defense Policy Bill Before Congress

In yet another move by the US government to prevent the 120-km pipe-laying completion of Nord Stream 2 on the floor of the Baltic, sanctions have been included  in the annual U.S. defense policy bill.