Politics & Regulation

Robert Habeck - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)
Robert Habeck - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (© Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis)

German government prepares for shortfall in gas supplies from Russia

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) today declared the early warning stage of the Gas Emergency Plan as a precautionary measure. A reliable supply continues to be guaranteed, Federal Minister for Economic Affiars and Climate Acrion Robert Habeck emphasized.

Sign on the office building of the NaftoGaz Group in Kyiv (© Shutterstock/Ksenia Lada)
Sign on the office building of the NaftoGaz Group in Kyiv (© Shutterstock/Ksenia Lada)

Russian Natural Gas Still Flowing Through The Ukraine to Europe

As war continues to rage in the Ukraine, Naftogaz, the state energy company responsible for operating the country's network of 38,550-km of gas pipelines, works around the clock to service 12 million households in the Ukraine as well as myriad customers in the European Union.

Reichstag building, seat of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), in Berlin (© Shutterstock/MDart10)
Reichstag building, seat of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag), in Berlin (© Shutterstock/MDart10)

German Government Mandating Natural Gas Storage Fill Levels Be Sufficiently High

In the wake of the 2022 winter which saw the gas storage fill levels sink to historic lows, the German Bundestag met over the weekend to affirm that the gas storage operators are required to fill storage facilities up to 90 percent of capacity by 1 November of each year.  To this end the Bundestag passed a corresponding law.  

Flags of Germany and Norway (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)
Flags of Germany and Norway (© Shutterstock/ruskpp)

Germany and Norway Agree To A Feasibility Study On Building A Hydrogen Pipeline

Germany's Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck visited Norway earlier this month to discuss how Germany and Norway could work together to develop a hydrogen pipeline link between the two countries.  

Flag of Germany (© Shutterstock/Carsten Reisinger)
Flag of Germany (© Shutterstock/Carsten Reisinger)

Germany Contemplates Biogas Rather Than Russian Natural Gas

Is it possible to replace around half of natural gas imports from Russia with Biogas from Germany, and thereby dramatically reduce Germany's dependency on Russian energy?  

This is the question resonating around Germany and other European countries nowadays, as Vladimir Putin's Russia continues its War of Aggression on the Ukraine.  

Flags of Israel and the EU (© Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)
Flags of Israel and the EU (© Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES)

Israel Gas Pipeline Could Supply Europe, Chevron CEO Announces

Talks of the EastMed pipeline, a sub-sea pipeline in the Mediterranean that could carry gas from Israel to European customers, has been revived amid gas shortage and skyrocketing prices in Europe following Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Flags of Poland and Norway (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)
Flags of Poland and Norway (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)

Norway-Poland Natural Gas Pipeline to be Operational by November, Says Polish PM

Operations of Norway-Poland gas pipeline construction through Denmark have resumed, and the project is expected to be ready for first shipments by November this year, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Tuesday’s press conference held in Oslo.

Flag of the EU (© Shutterstock/ZoranKrstic)
Flag of the EU (© Shutterstock/ZoranKrstic)

EU Plans to Reduce the Block’s Dependency on Russian Energy

The European Union on Tuesday, March 8, 2020, unveiled new proposals that will enable the bloc to reduce its dependency on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and end it entirely by 2030, in the wake of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The flag of Russia and Ukraine painted on a concrete wall with soldiers' shadows (© Shutterstock/Tomas Ragina)
The flag of Russia and Ukraine painted on a concrete wall with soldiers' shadows (© Shutterstock/Tomas Ragina)

Missiles Hit Gas Pipeline in Kharkiv and Oil Depot in Kyiv in the Ongoing Wave of Attacks

Russia's military on Sunday, February 27, hit an oil depot in Kyiv, and one of the critical gas pipelines in Kharkiv in a massive explosion took over the usually quiet city south of Kyiv. The Ukrainian government urged its residents to hunker down in homes, subway stations, and underground garages to protect themselves from the smoke following the strike.

Germany and Russia parting ways (© Shutterstock/Kittyfly)
Germany and Russia parting ways (© Shutterstock/Kittyfly)

Germany Bets on LNG, Nuclear, and Coal to Reduce Energy Dependence on Russia

Germany, Europe's largest consumer of Russian natural gas on Sunday, February 27, made a U-turn on the country's long-held energy policies, hinting at a possibility of running coal and nuclear plants for longer than initially planned.

The flags of the USA and Russia on a damaged wall (© Shutterstock/Morrowind)
The flags of the USA and Russia on a damaged wall (© Shutterstock/Morrowind)

Russia Ready To Divert Gas Supplies If Required

In the event of war in the Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions on the Russian economy and its leaders by the United States and its NATO allies, et al., Russia would be ready to re-route gas supplies to other markets, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said this past week.

Russia-China pipeline (© Adobe Stock/alexmlx)
Russia-China pipeline (© Adobe Stock/alexmlx)

Power of Siberia 2 Pipeline Puts Ever More Pressure on Europe

Russia has agreed to a 30-year contract to supply gas to China via Power of Siberia 2, a new 2600-km pipeline originating in the Bovanenkovo and Kharasavey gas fields in Yamal,  bolstering an energy alliance with Beijing amid Moscow's strained ties with the West over Ukraine and other issues.

Algeria on the map (© Shutterstock/Naruedom Yaempongsa)
Algeria on the map (© Shutterstock/Naruedom Yaempongsa)

The United States Looks To Algeria As An Alternative To Russian Gas For Europe

With the prospect of war looming over the European continent, the US Government has begun asking Eni, TotalEnergies and other energy companies operating in Algeria to see if more gas can be sourced from the country, sources familiar with the matter said.

Flag of Azerbaijan (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)
Flag of Azerbaijan (© Shutterstock/Tatohra)

Azerbaijan and European Commission for Energy Reaffirms a Strategic Energy Partnership

Azerbaijan`s Minister of Energy, Parviz Shahbazov, and European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, have issued a joint press statement reaffirming their commitment to a strategic energy partnership between the European Union and Azerbaijan.

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

Czech Foreign Minister Says Russia's Actions Have Improved European Diversity of Supply

Jan Lipavsky, the Czech Foreign Minister, said yesterday that  Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Europe a great Christmas gift this past year as the ongoing gas crisis showed that alternatives exist.