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    Gazprom expects Denmark to approve Nord Stream 2 route in October

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom expects Denmark to agree to its route application for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany in October, RIA news agency cited Gazprom’s Chairman Viktor Zubkov as saying on Thursday. Gazprom hopes to finish the gas pipeline project to Germany by the end of this year, but it has had delays in obtaining permits from Denmark. “I think they should give approval sometime in October and then we complete this very important project at the end of the year,” Zubkov was quoted as saying. The above article appeared on the Reuters news website. 

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    Professor: The Nord Stream 2-pin is passed on to a new government

    CHRONICLE: The current Danish government, unlike Sweden and Finland, hesitated to approve Nord Stream 2 through Danish waters. The decision on the route has now been postponed to the general election. This leaves the problem to a new government, writes Bent Ole Gram Mortensen. By Bent Ole Gram Mortensen  Professor of Environmental and Energy Law at the University of Southern Denmark, Deputy Chairman of the Energy Complaints Board and consultant for lawyers in relation to Nord Stream 2 As previously described here at Altinget, two applications have been submitted for the establishment of a further German-Russian gas pipeline – Nord Stream 2 – through the Baltic Sea via a route through Danish…

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    Die EU hat Trump höhere US-Flüssiggasimporte zugesagt – doch der Deal ist in Gefahr

    Bis 2023 will die Europäische Union die Importe von US-Flüssiggas verdoppeln. Doch Russland und Saudi-Arabien könnten den Plan durchkreuzen. BerlinDie Gefahr droht aus zwei entgegengesetzten Richtungen, und dazu noch von zwei Staaten, die früher einmal Erzfeinde waren: Russlandund Saudi-Arabien. Die EU hat den USA zugesagt, bis 2023 die Importe von US-Flüssiggas bis 2023 auf acht Milliarden Kubikmeter pro Jahr zu verdoppeln. Doch Moskau und Riad wollen auf diesem Markt auch mitmischen. So war der russische Gaskonzern Novatek im Februar erstmals der größte Importeur von verflüssigtem Erdgas (LNG) in Europa. Und der Oligarchen-Konzern hat noch größere Projekte in der Pipeline. Russland ist bereits größter Gaslieferant Europas – aber bisher ausschließlich über Pipelines. Und der…

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    Nord Stream 2 is delayed. It is confirmed by the documents

    The start of Nord Stream 2 operation will be delayed at least to the second half of 2020. It is official, just take a look at the documents – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl. On May 15th, the Danish Energy Agency published environmental records for the third variant of Nord Stream 2 route. The pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea is already being built, but not all permissions have been received yet. Denmark has not yet decided whether and what application to consent to. It already received two, now it demands the third one. It was possible thanks to ending the territorial dispute between Poland and…

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    Nord Stream 2: Jetzt wird Gazprom nervös

    Der Streit um die deutsch-russische Gaspipeline ist wieder voll entflammt: Der EVP-Kandidat für das Amt des EU-Kommissionspräsidenten, Manfred Weber, hat angekündigt, die Leitung blockieren zu wollen, falls er Chef der EU-Behörde werden sollte. Lange Zeit sah es so aus, als könnte nichts und niemand dieser Rohrleitung etwas anhaben: Selbst als Russland sich 2014 die Krim einverleibte, wurden die Pipeline-Pläne zwar mal kurz auf Eis gelegt, aber dann flugs wieder aufgetaut. Seitdem sind Russland wie Deutschland emsig damit beschäftigt, Röhre um Röhre auf dem Ostsee-Grund zu verlegen und damit Kilometer für Kilometer dem gemeinsamen Traum einer zweiten Energie-Hauptschlagader näherzukommen. Auch das miserable Verhältnis der EU und der NATO zu Moskau oder…

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    Ukraine gegen Nord Stream 2 “Räuberische Investition”

    Bei der EU-Kommission ist eine Beschwerde gegen das deutsch-russische Gasprojekt Nord Stream 2 eingegangen: Ein wirtschaftlicher Grund für die Investition sei nicht zu erkennen, Russland gehe es um Geopolitik, klagt die Ukraine. Der staatliche ukrainische Gaskonzern Naftogaz hat bei der EU-Kommission Beschwerde gegen das deutsch-russische Pipelineprojekt Nord Stream 2 eingelegt. Zur Begründung hieß es, man könne keine wirtschaftliche Begründung für den Bau der Pipeline erkennen, weshalb “ihr Zweck nur wettbewerbswidrig sein” könne, erklärte Naftogaz. Der russische Gasriese Gazprom, der das Projekt kontrolliert, strebe eine beherrschende Stellung auf dem europäischen Gasmarkt an. Continue reading the article on the German Spiegel Online news website.

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    Gazprom is threatening Denmark with a late payment on the authorization of Nord Stream 2

    The Russian daily “Kommersant” reported on Monday that the Gazprom group is preparing a base for legal action against Denmark, whose authorities – in his view – procrastinate in a manner unjustified with the process of issuing a permit to set up the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. “Gazprom threatens Denmark with a lawsuit for delay in issuing permits” – said Kommersant. Relying on legal sources, the daily argues that Gazprom has little chance of a quick victory, while according to experts the threat of a lawsuit may put pressure on Denmark. Gazprom’s representative Dmitry Chandoga said on Monday at a media conference that the company believes that “there is still…

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    EU Gas Directive Approval Could Delay Russian-Led Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

    The EU Council approved a European gas directive on April 15 that is expected to delay commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – and potentially leave it half empty. By extending EU rules to non-EU pipelines — particularly those outside EU territory —  the directive will force Gazprom to “unbundle” or hand over operation of the line to a company independent of Russia’s state gas producer. However, Gazprom maintains a jealously guarded monopoly over gas exports from Russia and will be very reluctant to share the right to export with anyone. Currently, the only other entity allowed to export gas is privately owned Novatek, which is limited to…

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    Nord Stream 2: A failed test for EU unity and trans-Atlantic coordination

    From its inception, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has triggered a controversial debate in the European Union and the United States. Sponsored by the Russian Gazprom (which is the sole shareholder), the German Wintershall and Uniper, the French ENGIE, the Austrian OMV, and Royal Dutch Shell, the Nord Stream 2 is expected to extend and double Nord Stream 1’s existing capacity, transporting Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea. While the EU Council has just establishedthat pipelines with third countries must comply with EU gas rules, it remains unclear how this will impact Nord Stream 2––specifically, whether the pipeline will get an exemption or if its…

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    Russian company: Incomprehensible that Denmark has not made a decision on controversial gas pipeline

    The Danish Energy Agency has today received a new and third application from Nord Stream 2 AG for a controversial gas pipeline that has to go from Russia to Germany. But besides the application, the company also criticises the Danish authorities for waiting so long with a decision. It is now more than two years since the company behind the pipeline, owned by the state-owned Russian energy group Gazprom, submitted its first application for a route through Danish waters. And in a press release Nord Stream 2 AG calls it “incomprehensible” that Denmark has not yet made a decision. According to them, there are no relevant environmental or safety reasons why…

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    How to lose friends and alienate people or Germany on Nord Stream 2

    Germany’s proceedings around Nord Stream 2 will not only hurt this country, but also European common policy as a whole from a security point of view. Additionally, they are undermining Germany’s already-fragile position as the European mediator and dealmaker. In the 1970s Henry Kissinger famously wondered, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” His statement underlined the Old Continent’s lack of common policy. Divisions of this nature are especially evidenced in contemporary times when it comes to the Nord Stream 2 project. The European Commission (EC) already assumed that this project, which calls for the construction of another gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, would not serve common European…

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    Controversial Russian gas pipes can slip into the ‘Polish banana’, which Denmark has just thrown

    The Danish authorities are asking Nord Stream 2 to investigate the possibility of a completely new route in the Baltic Sea. It can delay the project for a year. The disputed gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea will be further delayed due to Denmark. The Danish Energy Agency in Denmark has asked the company to investigate a completely new route past Bornholm to the gas pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany. It can delay the project for up to one year. Especially in Russia, this will cause annoyance because the government is impatiently waiting for the state-owned Gazprom to use the new pipeline. Germany…

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    Questions over German politician’s ‘links to Russian pipeline’

    Exclusive: Email links Wolfgang Kubicki – a candidate to be finance minister – to statement advocating potential of pipeline that critics say is opposed to EU interests. A candidate vying to be Germany’s next finance minister is facing questions over possible links to lobbying on behalf of Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as his party enters crunch talks to form the next government. An email seen by the Guardian links Nord Stream 2 lobbying to the deputy leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), Wolfgang Kubicki, throwing into doubt cross-party claims of a “more critical” attitude towards the contentious energy deal in a potential three-party coalition alongside Angela Merkel’s…

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    America’s energy capital became a battleground over a Russian pipeline to Germany this week

    This week Houston became the latest battleground in the international dispute over a pipeline project located more than 5,000 miles away from the Lone Star State. The dispute over the project in question — the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany — is not new. But the debates in Houston show how intractable the issue has become, with the two sides sitting elbow to elbow and unable to even agree on why the project is being built. From Germany’s perspective, Nord Stream 2 is a purely commercial endeavor that will double the volume of Russian gas flowing to its north shore on the Black Sea. To the United States and some European…

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    Nord Stream 2 eyes way to curb EU oversight of $9.5bn pipeline

    The group building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import Russian gas into Germany is exploring plans to hive off its last 50km into a separate company, a move that would undermine EU plans to regulate the entire $9.5bn project. Under the proposal, a new company would own and manage the small part of the undersea pipeline within German territorial waters. While this section would be subject to EU rules, the rest of Nord Stream 2 — nearly 1,200km through the Baltic Sea — would remain outside the bloc’s jurisdiction, according to three people familiar with the plans. The plan, while in its early stages, could stoke further criticism of…

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    Russian ex-minister: Nord Stream 2 is 100% political

    According to the expert, the Hanhikivi power plant project also has silent features. Russia’s former deputy energy minister, Vladimir Milov, is a stranger to his approach to the Baltic Sea under the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a purely commercial project. – Of course, Nord Stream can only be viewed from a commercial point of view if, for some reason, it does not want to recognize its obvious political dimension, Milov says to Web News . In addition to the post of Deputy Minister, Milov has also served as Director of the Strategic Department of the Russian Energy Commission and has established an Institute for Energy Policy, under the leadership of which he currently operates. He…

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    European Involvement with Nord Stream 2 Is a Deal with the Devil

    Since having seized Ukrainian territory and energy installations in 2014, Russia and its gas company, Gazprom, have been waging systematic economic warfare against Ukraine in an attempt to destroy Naftogaz—Ukraine’s energy company and the single biggest source of state revenue—and the Ukrainian state. To date, however, Russia has failed. Indeed, Naftogaz won three arbitral awards against Gazprom in 2017 and 2018; these were about Gazprom’s efforts to divert gas using the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, blocking Central Asian gas from traveling through Ukraine. But Gazprom has refused to pay the $2.6 billion arbitration award granted to Naftogaz. Instead, Russia is blocking that award, building Nord Stream 2, and trying to…

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    Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2

    While it loves to rant about Trump’s disruptive and confrontational behaviour, the German government hardly behaves any differently when its interests are at stake. Berlin’s handling of the controversial Nord Stream 2 project reveals double standards and neglect of the pipeline’s security repercussions.  Berlin has handled the dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with unilateralism and clumsiness worthy of US President Donald Trump. On 8 February, the EU Committee of Permanent Representatives was to vote on a proposal to tighten the rules of the common energy market – which have thus far enabled states and companies, particularly Germany and Gazprom, to circumvent EU law. Paris signalled on 7…

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    The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a Russian trap

    And Germany has fallen into it When a megaproject makes no commercial sense, there are two possibilities. Either its sponsors are fools, or they have other motives. Since Vladimir Putin is no fool, one must assume that his pet pipeline is not really a business venture—and that the fools are the Europeans, in particular the Germans. This week, after sustained German pressure, the European Union agreed how its energy rules should apply to Nord Stream 2, an $11bn, 1,200km (750 mile) gas pipeline. As a result it is all but certain that the project will go ahead, though perhaps with delays (see article). It runs from Vyborg in western Russia through the…

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    Nord Stream 2 ist “unnötig und unrentabel”

    Tief unten am Meeresgrund der Ostsee wird gerade am wahrscheinlich größten Infrastrukturprojekt Europas gearbeitet. Dort werden die Rohre für die umstrittene Erdgas-Pipeline Nord Stream 2 von Russland nach Deutschland verlegt. Ein zu teures und energiewirtschaftlich unnötiges Projekt, sagt Claudia Kemfert vom Deutschen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) im “Wieder was gelernt”-Podcast. Hören Sie rein in die neue Folge oder lesen Sie hier einen kurzen Auszug. Nord Stream 2 ist ein Projekt des russischen Energiekonzerns Gazprom. Schon jetzt liefert Gazprom über 40 Prozent seines Gases nach Europa. Mit Nord Stream 2 soll es noch mehr werden. Kostenpunkt für den Bau: Zehn Milliarden Euro. Claudia Kemfert findet die Pipeline unrentabel: