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Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)
Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)

Rumblings About Putin Cutting Europe Completely Off From Its Natural Gas

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has warned Europe to prepare immediately for Russia to turn off all gas exports to the region this coming winter. He called on the Europeans to reduce demand and keep nuclear power plants open.

Flags of Egypt and Lebanon (© Shutterstock/Maksym Kapliuk)
Flags of Egypt and Lebanon (© Shutterstock/Maksym Kapliuk)

Egypt to Supply Natural Gas to Lebanon With 20 Year Old Arab Pipeline

After months of deliberation and delays Lebanon will sign a final agreement to import yearly 650 million cubic meters of natural gas from Egypt to its energy poor country on 21 June 2022.  

Mention of the project was first made in these pages on 9 October 2021.

Close-up on Euro notes (© Shutterstock/Valentin Si)
Close-up on Euro notes (© Shutterstock/Valentin Si)

Russian Windfall As Oil and Gas Exports Top 93 Billion Euros During Ukraine War

The Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air has compiled a detailed dataset of pipeline and seaborne trade in Russian fossil fuels during the first 100 days of Putin's War of Aggression in Ukraine. It has found that exports of fossil based fuels soared to 93 billion euros in toto.  

Court gavel infront of the Australian flag (© Shutterstock/Zerbor)
Court gavel infront of the Australian flag (© Shutterstock/Zerbor)

Aboriginal People Sue To Stop Undersea Pipeline Project in Australia

Indigenous Australians are filing a lawsuit to stop Santos, Ltd., an Australian oil and gas exploration and production company, from developing the $3.6 billion Barossa gas project off the coast of northern Australia.  The traditional landowners said they were not consulted about the drilling activities.

Nigeria on the Map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)
Nigeria on the Map (© Shutterstock/hyotographics)

Nigeria Signals Its Intent To Build A 5660-km Gas Pipeline To Europe

Nigerian state oil firm Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has received a green light from the Nigerian government to go forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the construction of a 5660-km gas pipeline via Morocco to Europe.

Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)
Europe Russia pipeline with a knot (© Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK V)

Russian Gas Exports to Europe Plunge

The first five months of this year witnessed Gazprom delivering substantially less gas to foreign destinations than in the previous year.  27.6 percent or 23.2 billion cubic meters of gas, to be precise.

At the same time, Gazprom transported more gas than previously to China through the Power of Siberia pipeline.  The concern did not mention any numbers.

Flags of Denmark and Russia on a wall with a rift (© Shutterstock/FellowNeko)
Flags of Denmark and Russia on a wall with a rift (© Shutterstock/FellowNeko)

Gazprom Cuts Off Gas Supplies to Denmark's Orsted and to Shell Energy

"This is totally not acceptable," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. “This is a kind of blackmailing from Putin. We continue to support Ukraine, and we distance ourselves from the crimes that Putin and Russia commit.”

The Nord Stream pipeline on the map (© Shutterstock/olenadesign)
The Nord Stream pipeline on the map (© Shutterstock/olenadesign)

Ukraine Exerts Pressure on Germany To Suspend Nord Stream 1 Gas Transmission to Europe

Ukraine has begun to leverage its considerable moral capital by taking aim at the remaining sources of revenue for Russian President Vladimir Putin's military transgressions against its erstwhile ally.  The current target of Ukrainian wrath is none other than Nord Stream 1, the remaining jewel of Russian pipeline infrastructure.