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Total head office in Paris, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)
Total head office in Paris, France (© Shutterstock/HJBC)

Total Seeking A Way Out From Taking Russian Oil Via The Druschba Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin's War of Aggression in the Ukraine has driven the oil and gas industry to rethink its relationship with the hydrocarbon - rich Russian Federation. The Druschba Oil pipeline has been central to that relationship.

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.  

H₂ercules Planning Map (© OGE/RWE)
H₂ercules Planning Map (© OGE/RWE)

OGE And RWE Building The Foundation For Germany's First Hydrogen Fast Track: H2ercules

Open Grid Europe (OGE) and Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk Aktiengesellschaft (RWE), German powerhouses in the transmission and production of energy respectively, are teaming up to lead Germany and the rest of Europe (if not the world) in the development of a new hydrogen industry and infrastructure dubbed H2ercules.

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.  

Nord stream 2 shut down (© Shutterstock/mmaroznaya)
Nord stream 2 shut down (© Shutterstock/mmaroznaya)

[Opinion] Europe Without Nord Stream 2

A few months ago, around the time that the final pipeline segments were put down into the Baltic to complete construction of the 1200-km Nord Stream 2, we wrote on these pages that Nord Stream 2 was experiencing a painful and difficult birth.  Fast forward to today and the threatening massive ground war in the Ukraine and possibly other countries in Europe since 1945, we've entered a different

Route of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG)
Route of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (© Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG)

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) Ready to Roll To Help Europe

Coming on the heels of Russia's announcement that it is prepared to divert gas supplies from Europe if punitive sanctions are imposed on its economy and leaders, Luca Schieppati, the Managing Director of the 870-km long Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), said that TAP is ready to expand its capacity one year in advance if needed to meet market demand.

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.