Three-party gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine may be held in August, European Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger told Interfax in Brussels today.
Another Russia-European Union meeting to address the issue of gas supplies to Europe and transit through Ukraine may be held on July 17-18, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said to journalists on Friday. "The exact date has yet to be set. Most likely, it will be on July 17 or 18," he said, adding that the meeting would be held in Moscow.
Continuing combat operations between the Ukrainian military and self-defense militia in east Ukraine’s Lugansk region have damaged the local gas pipeline network and left almost 10,000 families without household gas, the press office of the gas company Luganskgaz said on Wednesday.
Kiev will start "stealing" natural gas from the transit pipeline to Europe in fall so natural gas supplies should be diversified, Russian presidential administration head Sergei Ivanov said.
A contract on constructing a gas pipeline for the South Stream project in Serbia worth 2.1 billion euros ($2.9 billion) has been signed in Belgrade, the Serbian state-owned gas company said Wednesday.
The state-run Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz has not paid for gas supplies for the first 15 days of June, though the company should have done so no later than on July 7, business news agency Bloomberg reported. Naftogaz made no payments because the company disagreed with the gas price set by Russian energy giant, Gazprom, said a Ukrainian company official, Alena Osmolovskaya.
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger are to discuss the possibility of resuming the three-partite Russia-EU-Ukraine talks on gas in two weeks, European Commission's press-secretary Sabine Berger said to RIA-Novosti. Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Energy reported that in today's telephone conversation Novak and Oettinger agreed to meet at the end of next week to continue discussing issues associated with energy security. The place and date are to be announced later.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a visit to Bulgaria called on the European Commission to again take up talks with Russia over the South Stream gas pipeline project. Russia is ready for "constructive dialogue," Lavrov said after talks with Bulgarian leaders in Sofia. Moscow expects that the European Commission-Russia working group over the South Stream pipeline project will resume its work, said Russian Foreign Minister earlier.
Moscow expects that the European Commission-Russia working group over the South Stream pipeline project will resume its work; consultations are already getting under way, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Regrettably, the activity of this working group was frozen at the behest of Brussels.
Shale gas extraction will bring about no significant reduction in Europe's dependence on gas imports, said the European Energy Commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, in an interview with the B.Z. am Sonntag newspaper. In the long-term future, Europe will be able to cover around one-tenth of its overall gas demand using the so-called fracking technology, Oettinger said.
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The Ukrainian parliament Friday passed the first reading of a bill that would allow US and EU investors access to 49 percent of the country's gas transit system. The bill, rejected by lawmakers Thursday, was passed Friday with 229 "yes" votes, slightly above the required minimum of 226 votes. The bill gives foreign operators the right to "the management and/or concession or lease" of the gas pipelines and underground storage facilities, RIA reports.
A sharp rise in earthquakes in the Midwestern state of Oklahoma is due to an increase in wastewater injection from oil and gas operations in recent years, researchers said Thursday. This year, Oklahoma has surpassed California, long known as the leading seismic state, with 190 quakes greater than magnitude 3, compared to 71 in California.
Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko made a fatal mistake when he had ended the truce, Russian Prime Minister believes. Poroshenko is now personally responsible for casualties, Medvedev believes.
Hungary is not planning to turn down the project for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, despite the fact that official Budapest in general supports Kiev, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at news conference during his visit to Belgrade, informs ITAR-TASS.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes the West will stop forcing its principles on other countries, making a "world barracks" out of the international stage. "I hope pragmatism will triumph after all. The West will rid itself of the ambitions and desire to put a 'world barracks" in place, to line all up by ranks and to force uniform rules of conduct and living on society," Putin stated. "I hope the West will build relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect, taking each others' interests into account," the Russian president said to ambassadors and permanent envoys at a conference on Monday.
Italy has always regarded the South Stream project plans to supply Russian gas across the floor of the Black Sea to Bulgaria and then ashore for onward transit to Greece, Italy and Austria as a strategic project for Europe, Italy's state secretary for European affairs, Sandro Gozi, said in an interview with ITAR-TASS on Monday.
The recent frictions between Gazprom and the European Union over the South Stream gas pipeline project have raised the question whether at all it's going to be completed. Numerous research offers different scenarios, from most favorable to the ones described as “the divorce of the century,” which may turn South Stream into Russia's version of Nabucco. However, most analysts are rather optimistic in their forecasts
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic announced that it controls the gas transportation system located on its territory, media reports.
From the very start of the South Stream story, when the Chief Executive Officer of Italy's Eni Paolo Scaroni and Gazprom's Vice-Chairman Alexander Medvedev signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a new natural gas pipeline in Rome seven years ago, the rival Nabucco pipeline was considered to be the key implication that the project might see in the future.