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    Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom said Monday that its Nord Stream natural gas pipelines have stopped leaking methane into the Baltic Sea after they were hit by a string of blasts last week believed to have been sabotage. Western leaders have not said who is thought to be behind the attacks, though Spain’s energy minister accused Russia of carrying out the explosions. PUTIN ACCUSES US AND ITS ALLIES OF SABOTAGING NORD STREAM PIPELINES Though neither the Nord Stream 1 nor Nord Stream 2 pipeline had been operating at the time, they both still contained pressurized natural gas, which primarily consists of methane. Gazprom also said it might be able to restore supply via its last remaining 'B' line along the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline. "If a decision is made to start deliveries through Nord Stream 2's line B, natural gas will be pumped into the pipeline after the integrity of the system has been checked and verified by supervisory authorities," Gazprom said. Still, it is hardly likely gas shipments would resume: Two of...
    Scientists are now predicting the Nord Stream leak of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, will be the worst in history.Danish Defense Ministry/Xinhua via ZUMA Press This story was originally published by Slate‘s Future Tense partnership and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On Monday, Danish officials broadcast a warning to ships navigating its nearby waters: There was a massive leak from Nord Stream 2, the Russian-owned pipeline built to transfer natural gas from the former Soviet Union to Germany through the Baltic Sea. That same day, the pipeline’s operators also announced a drop in pressure in its Nord Stream 1 line—which runs parallel with the second line—due to two points of leakage. Neither pipeline was operational at the time, but both had been filled to capacity, with 300 million total cubic meters of gas ready to go just in case. Now, all that fuel is rapidly draining. The photos from the Baltic Sea are stunning. Se video og fotos af gaslækagerne på Nord Stream 1 og 2-gasledningerne i Østersøen på https://t.co/pj96CN7CDB: https://t.co/7bgt8TljaH #dkforsvar pic.twitter.com/I1zEPaBLYO — Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) September 27, 2022...
    BERLIN (AP) — Russia says it will reduce natural gas through Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany by another half, to 20% of capacity. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom resumed natural gas deliveries via its Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline early Thursday, German news outlets reported, following a 10-day shutdown for planned maintenance. The news temporarily assuages the fears of Germany and other European Union countries, which had warned that Russia might be using the temporary shutdown as a pretext to halt more permanently deliveries to the bloc via its key natural gas pipeline. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER This is a developing story. News Energy and Environment Russia Natural Gas War in Ukraine
    BERLIN (AP) — The Canadian government says it will allow the delivery to Germany of equipment from a key Russia-Europe natural gas pipeline that has undergone maintenance — equipment the absence of which Russia’s Gazprom cited last month as a reason for more than halving the flow of gas. The return of turbines from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline sent to Montreal for a scheduled overhaul has been complicated by sanctions imposed on Russia over the war in Ukraine. Canada’s minister of natural resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, said in a statement late Saturday that “Canada will grant a time-limited and revocable permit for Siemens Canada to allow the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany.” That, Wilkinson said in the statement posted on Twitter, will support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas.” He said that “absent a necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will suffer very significant hardship.” Siemens Energy said after Gazprom started reducing gas flows in mid-June that it had been unable...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s vice chancellor said Thursday he suspects that Russia may not resume natural gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after planned maintenance work in July, complicating the outlook for this winter. Russia reduced gas flows to Germany, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia this month, just as European Union countries scramble to refill storage facilities with the fuel used to generate electricity, power industry and heat homes in the winter. Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom has blamed a technical problem for the reduction in gas flowing through Nord Stream 1, which runs under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. The company said equipment being refurbished in Canada was stuck there because of Western sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. German leaders have rejected that explanation and called the reductions a political move. Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, who is also Germany’s economy and climate minister and responsible for energy, said a “blockade” of the pipeline is possible starting July 11, when regular maintenance work is due to start. In previous...
    A man works at the Amur Gas Processing Plant. Measuring 800ha in area, it has an estimated annual capacity of 42bln cbm of natural gas.Yuri Smityuk | TASS | Getty Images LONDON — Russia has opted against sending more natural gas supplies to Europe, curbing hopes that Moscow may ease its grip on the market shortly after President Vladimir Putin said the country would be prepared to help. Highly anticipated auction results on Monday showed Russia's state gas giant Gazprom had not booked additional gas transit capacity for November either through the Ukrainian pipeline system or lines into western Europe via Poland. Gazprom booked only 30 million cubic meters per day on the Yamal-Europe route of 86.5 million cubic meters per day available for November, an amount comparable to that booked in September, and has not booked any volumes via Ukraine. The auction results are regarded as a key signal to the market of upcoming volumes because they take place two to three weeks prior to the month in which natural gas flows. Energy analysts say the results show Russia...
    GP - View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast.JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world's most controversial gas pipeline. Nord Stream 2 stretches for 1,200 kilometres from Vyborg in Russia through the Baltic Sea to Lubmin in Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. The gas pipeline is finished, but it is waiting regulatory approval before it can start providing the 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe every year. It is only a matter of time, according to Gustav Gressel, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, before the German energy regulators give their seal of approval. The task is not that easy amid heightened geopolitical tensions. Some European lawmakers are fiercely opposed to the deal and do not want regulators to approve it. "We want to break out from this [Russian energy] dependence," Morten Petersen, a Danish...
    Natural gas prices in the US have soared this week as Russian President Vladimir Putin leverages a shortage in Europe to secure approval for his controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The standoff, which sent US natural gas prices to their highest levels in more than a decade, is spurring fears that energy and heating costs could skyrocket in America as the winter season approaches.  US natural gas prices rocketed to $6.31 per million British thermal units on October 6, with the spike blamed on fears of market volatility due to storage issues in Europe, which may trigger soaring demand for American natural gas. On Wednesday, Putin hinted that he will pump out more gas if Brussels approves the new pipeline bypassing Ukraine and entering the EU through Germany, leading UK officials to accuse Russia of turning energy 'into a weapon' and 'bullying' Europe.   Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said existing gas transit routes allow for bolstering supplies before the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will carry Russian gas to Germany begins operating. 'There is a potential,' Peskov said during a conference call with...
    London/Moscow (CNN Business)Speedy approval of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Russia with Germany could help bring down natural gas prices, a top Russian official said as Europe scrambles to address an escalating energy crisis.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday that "early completion of the certification" for Nord Stream 2 would help "cool off the current situation." The pipeline, which runs from Russia under the Baltic Sea and into Germany, is awaiting clearance from German authorities. Nord Stream 2 was completed last month despite years of opposition from countries including the United States, which warned that it would boost Moscow's influence in Europe. The Biden administration announced in July that it had reached a deal with Berlin that would allow the pipeline to go ahead in exchange for German assistance to Ukraine. A global energy crisis is coming. Theres no quick fixNow, the undersea pipeline could play a role in calming gas prices.Natural gas prices in Europe have increased more than 130% since the beginning of September and are more than eight times higher than at the...
    An output filtration facility of a gas treatment unit at the Slavyanskaya compressor station (operated by Gazprom), the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 offshore natural gas pipeline. According to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, the construction of Nord Stream 2 will be completed by the end of this year.Peter Kovalev | TASS | Getty Images LONDON — Russia has slowed the delivery of piped natural gas to Europe in recent weeks, according to analysis from ICIS, a commodity intelligence service, raising questions about the potential causes behind the drop and its implications for global gas markets. It comes shortly after German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to ease long-running concerns about the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, saying further sanctions may be imposed if Moscow used gas "as a weapon." The controversial project is designed to deliver Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine and Poland. Critics argue the pipeline is not compatible with European climate goals, increases the region's dependence on Russian energy exports and will most likely strengthen Russian President Vladimir...
    The United States and Germany pledged Wednesday to hit Russia with sanctions if the Kremlin uses the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a weapon against Ukraine. The warnings came just hours after the U.S. and Germany reached an agreement to permit the completion of a pipeline that will transport natural gas from Russia into Germany – a move U.S. lawmakers and European nations have questioned.  UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO VISIT BIDEN IN AUGUST Officials from the U.S. and Germany vowed to not only enforce their own sanctions on Russia to limit natural gas exports if the Kremlin abuses the pipeline, but said they would call on other allied nations to do the same.  "This commitment is designed to ensure that Russia will not misuse any pipeline, including Nord Stream 2, to achieve aggressive political ends by using energy as a weapon," the U.S. and Germany said in a joint statement Wednesday.  Senior State Department officials said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has committed future chancellors to the agreement to hold Russia accountable after she leaves office later this year,...
    More On: natural gas Goldman Sachs caught in flareup over natural gas pollution in North Dakota At least 12 killed in massive gas line explosion in China Gas well explosion injures workers in Louisiana Oil drillers and Bitcoin miners bond over natural gas American and German officials announced an agreement Wednesday allowing the completion of a controversial natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, outraging Republican lawmakers who see the deal as a further concession by the Biden administration to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a joint statement outlining the agreement terms, Washington and Berlin vowed to counter any effort by Moscow to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to “aggressive political ends by using energy as a weapon.” Both governments also said they would support a $1 billion fund for alternative energy and development projects in Ukraine, which is bypassed by the new pipeline, while Germany promised to reimburse Kiev for lost gas transit fees until 2024, with a possible 10-year extension. “The United States and Germany are united in their determination to hold Russia to...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Germany, Russia and any other involved countries or companies Thursday to “immediately” halt construction on the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline or face new sanctions from the United States. “Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies and partners,” Blinken wrote in an official statement. “The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be involved.” (RELATED: State Department Briefing Gets Heated After Reporter Accuses Biden Of Taking Credit For Trump’s Achievement On Nord Stream 2) SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – MARCH 18: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during their meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Presidential Blue House on March 18, 2021 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji – Pool/Getty Images) “As multiple U.S. administrations have made clear, this pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security,”...
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pipe-laying ship sailed into position Saturday to resume construction of a German-Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea that the United States has vehemently opposed. The Akademik Cherskiy vessel reached the area off the coast of Poland where a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline remains uncompleted, according to ship monitoring data. Another Russian pipe-laying ship, Fortuna, sailed off from the German port of Wismar, apparently heading to a different location where another pipeline section is to be built. The maneuvers followed Russia pledging to complete the pipeline despite the threat of U.S. sanctions. Russia's state-controlled natural gas company Gazprom has moved to finish construction of the multibillion Baltic Sea pipeline with its own resources after a Swiss company doing the building work at sea opted out of the project a year ago under the threat of U.S. sanctions. Gazprom had to send the Akademik Cherskiy on a long voyage from the port of Nakhodka on Russia's Pacific coast to the Baltics. The vessel has been moving between various Baltic ports since May as...
    Russia is working fast to complete a Kremlin-backed natural gas pipeline before the United States’ new sanctions over the project come into effect at the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Vadym Glamazdin, a government-relations official with Naftogaz, the Ukrainian national oil and gas company, told the newspaper that the U.S. sanctions will prove to be “the final nail into the coffin of this project,” which is designed to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic. “When these sanctions are finally voted and become law, there will be no practical way to build this pipeline,” Glamazdin added. Nord Stream 2 AG, the Russian-owned company registered in Switzerland that is building the pipeline, has said that the threats of sanctions “affect a large group of Western contractors and investors,” who, along with Nord Stream 2, “are convinced that the soonest possible commissioning of the pipeline is in the interest of Europe’s energy security.” A spokesperson for the company recently told a German radio station that construction on the pipeline is set to begin again in...
    Few outrages have roused Germany from its lethargy like the poisoning of the Russian dissident politician Alexei Navalny. Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party have accused the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin of poisoning the Kremlin critic. Norbert Rottgen, chair of the German Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and a key Merkel ally, called for a strong response from the European Union and suggested it might be time to rethink the controversial joint German-Russian energy project, Nord Stream 2. The Germans are starting to sound like President Trump, but they’d never admit it. GERMANY SUGGESTS HALT TO RUSSIA PIPELINE PROJECT, SEEKS COOPERATION WITH NAVALNY POISONING INVESTIGATION Europe isn’t the “Game of Thrones,” but let’s face it, “Winter is Coming.” Many European nations, not just the United States, oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline due to concerns over energy security. Nord Stream 2 would double the amount of natural gas imported from Russia. If completed, it would leave Europe more dependent on Russian energy than ever before.More from Opinion Judith Miller: Putin critic Alexei Navalny's poisoning cries out for Trump,...
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