Politics & Regulation

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.

The flag of Poland in the sky (© Adobe Stock/FOTOWAWA)
The flag of Poland in the sky (© Adobe Stock/FOTOWAWA)

Poland Ends Yamal Gas Pipeline Contract with Russia, Polish Climate Minister Announced

Poland has terminated its agreement with Russia on the Yamal gas pipeline to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, the Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa posted on Twitter on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Flags of Oman and Iran (© Shutterstock/esfera)
Flags of Oman and Iran (© Shutterstock/esfera)

Iran Reaches Agreement to Revive Undersea Gas Pipeline to Oman, Report

The Iranian Minister for Petroleum, Javad Owji, has agreed to revive a long-stalled undersea gas pipeline project to Oman, the official Iranian news agency IRNA report reported on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

According to the report, the agreement to revive the project was reached during the minister's visit to Oman ahead of Monday's Iranian president's trip to the Gulf Arab state.

Gas valve and the flag of Finland (© Shutterstock/max.ku)
Gas valve and the flag of Finland (© Shutterstock/max.ku)

Finland To Abandon the Russia-Finland Natural Gas Pipeline After 50 Years

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine continues to roil gas pipeline operations throughout Europe.  Late last week, Finland's state-owned energy group Gasum was informed by  Russia's Gazprom Export that natural gas supplies from Russia to Finland would be cut on Saturday at 04.00 GMT.

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

EU Proposes EUR 2 Billion to End Ties with Russia's Oil Export Pipeline, Druzhba

The EU on Wednesday, May 18 announced plans to invest EUR 2 billion to end its long-term Russia crude oil import dependence through the Druzhba pipeline. This latest move is part of the bloc's plan to reduce its reliance on Moscow's energy following the Russian ongoing invasion of Ukraine since February 24, 2022.

Flags of Spain and France (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)
Flags of Spain and France (© Shutterstock/Aritra Deb)

Russia's War in Ukraine Revives the Stalled MidCat Gas Pipeline Connecting France to Spain

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to more than imaginable changes in Europe's security architecture and a new normal as the EU member states strive for alternatives to Russian energy. Following the invasion of Ukraine, Madrid has called for the revival of the MidCat gas pipeline planned to connect France and Spain to reduce Europe's energy dependence on Russia.

Flag of Ukraine waving in the wind on a clear day (© Shutterstock/rarrarorro)
Flag of Ukraine waving in the wind on a clear day (© Shutterstock/rarrarorro)

Ukraine Seeking To Exert Full Control over Transboundary Gas Pipeline System

Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) will not reopen the Sokhranovka gas transit route from Russia to Europe until Kyiv obtains full control over its pipeline system, the head of GTSOU told Reuters on Thursday.