PRAGUE/BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A cat and mouse game is on
between Europe and Russia over gas supplies as the continent
switches into the winter heating season.
Since September, Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom
has sent less-than-requested deliveries to Poland,
Slovakia, Austria and Hungary – after the European Union began
sending gas to Ukraine – in a clear warning from Moscow ahead of
the winter heating season which officially starts on October 1,
when the industry switches to higher pricing.
BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Large unused liquefied natural
gas (LNG) capacity could be brought to play should the row
between Russia and Ukraine disrupt flows of pipeline gas to the
West this winter, European LNG terminal operators’ group GLE
The crisis in Ukraine, an important pipeline route for
Russian gas to the European Union, has triggered worries of a
supply disruption in the forthcoming winter months. LNG
operators, which import the gas from overseas via tankers, say
they could step in if there are disruptions.
BERLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Full German gas storage
facilities just ahead of winter mask the fact that operators do
not earn enough to keep them open over the long term, one of the
top players in the industry said on Monday.
Europe’s biggest economy has been looking comfortable in the
midst of worries about potential disruption to winter gas supply
as a result of the row between Russia and Ukraine over unpaid
bills and transit arrangements, raising hopes Germany can also
help supply its neighbours.
FRANKFURT, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Gas trade is growing in
Germany in line with a continental European trend which has also
boosted growth in the bigger Dutch market, challenging Britain’s
dominance of the sector.
Wholesale natural gas trading volumes in continental Europe
have risen sharply in the past years, bolstered by the common
euro currency and a large industrial and residential client
FRANKFURT/PARIS, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s European
Energy Exchange (EEX) plans to take over French peer Powernext,
according to a request lodged with the German competition
regulator, in a move that could allow them to rival Britain as
the region’s leading gas trading hub.
EEX, continental Europe’s biggest power bourse, and
Powernext confirmed they were planning a tie-up and that it
would focus on their gas activities, but declined to say whether
it would involve a takeover or to comment further at this stage.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Gazprom’s (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) deal to take over the gas trading arm of Germany’s BASF (BASFn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), a leading player in Europe, will be sealed this autumn with no impact expected from sanctions against Russia, said a board member of the BASF unit Wingas.
Ludwig Moehring also reiterated that small declines in Russian gas supply to some European countries this month were within normal variations, which he said was reflected in the way gas prices had failed to rally on them.
FRANKFURT, Sept 11 (Reuters) – German industry should be
more adaptable when dealing with the frustrating fluctuations in
renewable energy supply and costs, the head of Danish utility
Dong Energy A/S’s German unit said.
Foregoing or delaying planned power consumption and
receiving revenue in return could help German industry’s
increasing reliance on renewables, Mathias Wendel said.
BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, July 9 (Reuters) – European Union
authorities have reached a deal with Germany on how to make its
proposed green energy law compatible with EU state aid rules,
the bloc’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday.
The European Commission has been examining Germany’s
revamped renewables legislation (EEG), which protects heavy
industry from the cost of funding green energy, on concerns that
this may give some companies an unfair advantage.
FRANKFURT, July 8 (Reuters) – German power grid operator
50Hertz plans to invest 400-500 million euros this year to erect
transmission lines that will carry wind power from Germany’s
remote areas to its industrial centres to support its shift from
fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Chief Executive Boris Schucht said in an interview the
eastern German transmission system operator is among companies
holding the key to ensuring the transformation process known as
the ‘Energiewende’ gets the infrastructure support necessary to
FRANKFURT, July 2 (Reuters) – Europe’s utilities will
continue to suffer from low wholesale power prices eroding their
revenues until the end of the decade as rising renewable output
and low demand combine, rating agency Moody’s said on Wednesday.
Europe’s power generators have been squeezed by the
expansion of renewable energy, which is creating overcapacity
and eroding prices, while profitable coal-fired power stations
are forced to close under European climate protection policies.