Politics & Regulation

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)

German Chancellor Scholz Campaigns for A Portugal To Central Europe Gas Pipeline

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for the construction of a gas pipeline from Portugal through Spain, France, Germany and the rest of Central Europe.  Such a connection he said would bring massive relief to a continent in the grip of tight energy supplies  and help to further reduce energy dependency on Russia.

GTSOU Visits Brussels To Warn Of EU Dependency on Russian Gas (© Shutterstock/symbiot)
GTSOU Visits Brussels To Warn Of EU Dependency on Russian Gas (© Shutterstock/symbiot)

GTSOU Visits Brussels To Warn Of EU Dependency on Russian Gas

Olga Bielkova, Director of Government and International Affairs for the Gas Transmission Operator of the Ukraine (GTSOU) has warned European countries of becoming ever more dependent on Russian energy resources.  She advocates turning the tables on Russia by giving preference to the Ukrainian gas transport infrastructure:

Flags of the EU and Russia (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)
Flags of the EU and Russia (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Gas Flows To Germany Resume in Nord Stream 1

Nord Stream 1 operator, Gazprom, has begun to ship reduced amounts of gas through Nord Stream 1 now that maintenance work has ended after a 10 day hiatus.  There was a collective sigh of relief from EU countries, as there had been concerns across the region that there could be a complete shutdown of gas supplies via the pipeline.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a press conference in 2015 (© Shutterstock/360b)
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at a press conference in 2015 (© Shutterstock/360b)

Natural Gas And Hydrogen Highlight The Revamped German - Egyptian Relationship

On the occasion of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, launched in 2010, after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and held annually ever since, President el - Sisi of Egypt met with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany over the weekend to discuss ways of strengthening energy cooperation between the two countries.

Close-up on 2000 Rubel notes on a table (© Shutterstock/Evdokiy)
Close-up on 2000 Rubel notes on a table (© Shutterstock/Evdokiy)

CPC Pipeline Operations Will Not Be Halted

An earlier ruling of a district court in the Russian Federation to suspend Caspian Pipeline Consortium's operations because of alleged oil spills was overturned by a higher appellate court and leveled instead a fine of 200,000 rubles ($3,300).

Gas pipeline from Russia to the European Union (© Shutterstock/Designbek)
Gas pipeline from Russia to the European Union (© Shutterstock/Designbek)

Nord Stream 1: Russian Foreign Ministry Implies Gas Will Flow Once Turbine Is Returned

With Nord Stream 1 in the throes of its annual check up and Europeans wondering if gas transmission will resume after the final examination, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the future of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany would depend on gas demand in Europe and Western sanctions against Russia.

Equipment of an old gas station in Ukraine (© Shutterstock/A08)
Equipment of an old gas station in Ukraine (© Shutterstock/A08)

Gas Pipelines Target of Russia's War In Ukraine

The increasingly long and protracted Russian war of aggression in Ukraine entered a new phase this past week when Russian shelling in the Zaporizhzhia region of eastern Ukraine damaged a gas pipeline that fed 17 Gas Distribution Stations (GDS) and 100 thousand consumers in Melitopol, Energodard, Dniprorudne, and other towns.

Pipelines between Russia and Europe (© Shutterstock/vchal)
Pipelines between Russia and Europe (© Shutterstock/vchal)

Nord Stream 1 Shuts Down ~ Canada to Send Repaired Turbine

Today, 11 July, Gazprom will turn the spigot stopping all gas flows through Nord Stream 1 to Germany.  The reason, as explained last week in the PTJ, is Nord Stream 1's annual maintenance work that will last until 21 July.

Court gavel on the Russian flag (© Shutterstock/Serhii Yevdokymov)
Court gavel on the Russian flag (© Shutterstock/Serhii Yevdokymov)

Russian Court Orders Halt to Caspian Oil Pipeline, but Exports Still Flow

A Russian court has ordered the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), one of the world’s largest pipelines that take oil from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea, to suspend its activities for 30 days, adding to global concern over oil supplies.

Pipeline valve with the flags of Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/DesignRage)
Pipeline valve with the flags of Germany and Russia (© Shutterstock/DesignRage)

Whither Nord Stream 1? Russian Gas Deliveries In The Fog Of War

From 11 - 21 July this year the Nord Stream 1 will undergo its annual inspection.  For this work, Gazprom, Nord Stream's operator, will stop transmitting gas through the line.  In past years these inspections went off without a hitch.  Not so in 2022.

Flags of the G7 states in 2022 (© Shutterstock/Maxx-Studio)
Flags of the G7 states in 2022 (© Shutterstock/Maxx-Studio)

G7 Leaders Closer to Propose Price Cap on Oil and Gas from Russian Pipelines

The Group of Seven leaders, which met in Schloss Elmaus, Germany, agreed to explore a price cap on the Russian oil and pipeline gas to increase pressure on the Russian regime by slashing its revenues while reducing inflationary pressure in the west.

Dutch flag in the sky (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)
Dutch flag in the sky (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)

Hydrogen Pipelines: the Netherlands "Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is."

With an ample investment of 750 million euros from the Dutch government, Gasunie, the Netherland's gas network operator, has been tasked with managing and operating a national hydrogen transportation network.

Parts of the network are due to be completed by 2026.

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

Finland Determined To Build New National Network of Hydrogen Pipelines

Finland intends to construct and operate a national hydrogen transmission network and link this infrastructure to other countries in the Baltic Sea region.

This advanced energy network will help reduce carbon emissions and bolster the long-term security of Finland's energy supplies following its decision to stop using Russian gas.