Energy

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

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The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million...

Large solar power plant launched in southern Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - A new solar power plant with capacity of 50 megawatts has been launched in the Kyzylorda region, which is one of the most expensive green economy projects in southern Kazakhstan, the...

Still reliant on coal, Poland eyes renewables, pledges to meet EU emissions goals

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Poland is looking to gradually phase out coal, increase electromobility and renewables, including hydrogen, Jaroslaw Dybowski, executive director of Energy Department at Poland’s PKN Orlen, a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, told...

Solar market increases over 100% in 2019

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In 2019, 16.7 GW of solar installations were added in the European Union, representing a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added in 2018, according to SolarPower Europe’s first EU Market Outlook for Solar...

EIB to finance new solar energy farms in Spain

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At COP25 in Madrid, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a financing agreement worth €26 million with IM2 Energía Solar to support the construction of 15 new solar energy farms in Spain. According to...

Energy Regulators discuss challenges of gas and renewables in Med region

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On 10 December, in Rome, at the initiative of the President of the Italian Energy regulator ARERA, Stefano Besseghini, MEDREG welcomed 12 Presidents of Mediterranean Energy Regulatory Authorities to exchange approaches and good practices...

OPEC+ becomes OPEC- with oil production cuts

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, have reportedly agreed to make further small cuts in oil production to boost crude...

Ceasefire: Russia’s Gazprom, Ukraine’s Naftogaz, EU’s gas link team

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Last week bilateral negotiations at the expert level between Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine with regard to the terms of transiting Russian gas to Europe from 2020 onward...

Greece launches tender process for sale of DEPA infrastructure

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The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) said it has launched an international public tender process for the joint sale, along with Hellenic Petroleum, of the 100% in the share capital of DEPA Infrastructure,...

Kazakhstan regains full control of power station from Russia

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund has acquired a 50% stake in Ekibastuz State District Power Station-2 JSC, the largest power plant in northern Kazakhstan, Managing Director Almasadam Satkaliev told a briefing on...

Pan-European battery consortium emerges with 7 EU Member States

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An important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries has been...

US, Iran swap prisoners amid rise in tensions

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The United States and Iran have suddenly announced a prisoner swap, and each freed a prisoner on 7 December. The swap was facilitated by Switzerland. After four weeks of intensive negotiations, the US released Iranian...

In harsh desert conditions, Qatar seeks a sustainable energy, water environment

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DOHA, Qatar – The desert in Qatar extends on the right of the massive natural gas plant towards Mesaieed along massive sand dunes, reaching the sea border with Saudi Arabia. “Here we have high temperatures,...

Von der Leyen says time is right for European Green Deal

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Madrid has been hosting since 2 December until the 13 December, the UN Climate Conference COP25, under the Presidency of the Chilean Government, where more than 50 world leaders are into the climate debate. COP25,...

Russia commences Power of Siberia pipeline gas supplies to China

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Russia started on 2 December Russian gas pipeline supplies to China via the ambitious Power of Siberia gas pipeline or so-called eastern route. Taking part in a ceremonial event via conference call were Russian President...

German business to help Kazakhstan diversify investments

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - As part of his official visit to Berlin, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev held a series of meetings with representatives of German business to boost bilateral investments, the presidential press service, Akorda,...

Kazakhstan plans to export over 70 million tonnes of oil in 2019

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - For the first 11 months of this year, Kazakhstan exported 65.791 million tonnes of oil, or 99.6% compared to the same period of last year. The export plan for 2019 is...

Rosatom inks deal with Delo Group to facilitate Arctic transport

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Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom said on 3 December the company is finalising the legal paperwork for the purchase of a minority stake in Delo Group to cooperate on the international multimodal and...

EU backs Celtic interconnector and Baltic synchronisation project

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In an effort to boost diversification of energy supply and improve energy security for Ireland and the Baltic states, the European Union has signed two grants for the Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France,...

Shell offsets CO2 emissions from lubricant for wind turbines

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - While the wind industry is striving to eliminate hydrocarbons an energy source, thus cutting CO2 emissions, wind turbines still use hydrocarbons as a lubricant. With that in mind, Royal Dutch Shell...

Blades of Glory: Denmark to repower Middelgrunden offshore windfarm

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The blades of the 20 turbines of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm, off the coast of Copenhagen, rotated slowly as the boat ‘Langø’ circled around the long line of massive shafts with...

Turkey, Libya delimitation deal raises geopolitical tensions

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Turkey has signed an agreement with Libya’s internationally recognised government on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could affect oil and gas exploration of other countries and heighten geopolitical tensions in the volatile...

China helps Kazakhstan build solar and wind power plants

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - China has help implement two renewable energy projects in the Almaty region, southern Kazakhstan - the construction of a 5 MW wind farm and a 1 MW solar power station (SES),...

Italian company wins solar power plant bid in Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - An auction to select an investor for the construction of a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 50 MW near the village of Shaulder, Turkestan region in southern Kazakhstan...

EU goals for 450 GW of offshore wind are achievable, says WindEurope

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The European Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and governments take the right approach to maritime...

Japanese consortium takes over Dutch energy company Eneco

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A Japanese consortium have agreed to buy Dutch energy company Eneco for €4,1bn. The Dutch privatisation means the energy company will be transferred from the city of Rotterdam, which held 32% of Eneco, to a...

EU sees important role for clean hydrogen in Europe’s energy transition

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Clean hydrogen can play a pivotal role for in EU energy transition, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has said. “I see a pivotal role for hydrogen, for clean hydrogen. I see it because clean...

Kazakhstan steps up the construction of integrated gas-chemical complex

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Construction of the integrated gas-chemical complex Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries in western Kazakhstan is half completed, the press service of the Samruk-Kazyna Foundation said on 25 November. “The project will be completed by...

LUKOIL and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region boost energy cooperation

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In Nizhny Novgorod, LUKOIL President Vagit Alekperov and the envoy of the Russian Federation President to the Volga Federal District, Igor Komarov, and Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor Gleb Nikitin discussed on 18  November the...

Gazprom fills both strings of TurkStream with gas

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on 19 November that start-up and commissioning process is in its final stage at the TurkStream or Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which is going to be brought into operation...

US and Kazakhstan to create Central Asian Regional Electricity Market

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Javier Piedra, USAID assistant sdministrator for Asia, and Kazakhstan's Vice Minister of Energy Sungat Yesimkhanov signed on 21 November a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which aims to create the Central Asian...

Blaming foreigners, Iran’s Rouhani claims victory over petrol prices unrest

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 20 November claimed victory after a deadly crackdown by security forces on protests over gasoline price rises, blaming Iran’s foreign enemies. “The Iranian people have again succeeded at an historic...

Gazprom sets rules for Ukraine passage of EU gas

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on 18 November that the company submitted to Naftogaz of Ukraine an official proposal signed by Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller to extend the effective contract or sign a new...

Kazakhstan to revise the deal with Karachaganak consortium

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Energy Ministry expects to receive more than a previously agreed deal with Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO) international consortium, Kazakhstan’s Energy Vice Minister Murat Zhurebekov said on 20 November. “We want to...

Six EU islands turn decarbonisation into a reality

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As the United Nations climate talks are rapidly approaching, six EU islands are setting an example for turning decarbonisation into a reality, drawing on the resources of their citizens. Selected by the Clean Energy for...

New oil field discovered in South Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - A new oil field was discovered in southern Kazakhstan, the spokeswoman for the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Samal Ibraeva, told New Europe on 19 November. According to Ibraeva,...

EU Tyre Labelling agreement to reduce fuel consumption, help the environment

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By switching to the most energy efficient tyres, European citizens can reduce their fuel consumption significantly, saving money and helping the environment, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said on 14...