by Daniel J. Graeber
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Ukraine appreciates the U.S. efforts to block the expansion of a Russian natural gas pipeline running through the Baltic Sea, the country's president said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poreshenko hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the weekend, as U.S. President Donald Trump met with international leaders at a summit in Hamburg for the Group of 20 economies.
Poreshenko said continued U.S. support for Ukrainian reforms enacted since Kiev pivoted away from Russia in 2014 extended into the energy sector, including the possibility of investments in oil and natural gas.
"I would like to say thank you especially for cooperation in energy sector, especially in preventing the realization of political project of Nord Stream 2, and I appreciate the clear and efficient position in preventing the implementation of this highly politicized project," the Ukrainian president said in a statement.
Nord Stream runs from the Baltic Sea to Germany. Russian energy company Gazprom started calling for tenders to lay the sections of the planned extension in the deep waters of the Baltic Sea in early 2016 and maintains the additional components could be in service at some point in 2019.
Ukraine is central to the regional debate over energy security. Russia meets about a quarter of Europe's natural gas needs, though more than half of that runs through Soviet-era pipelines in Ukraine. As a result, lingering spats between Kiev and Moscow have exposed risks to European energy security.
Maros Sefcovic, the European official in charge of energy issues, said the European Commission adopted a broader EU request for a mandate to renegotiate the terms for the second string of Nord Stream. Last month, he said the expansion does not contribute to the Energy Union's objectives of market competitiveness and diversity.
U.S. sanctions imposed after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in 2014 extend into the energy sector. Though U.S. and Russian relations for the Trump administration are complicated by an investigation into meddling in the U.S. election process, the secretary of state said pressure remained on the Kremlin.
"The U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered these particular sanctions," he said.
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Australian leaders should seize the momentum and ensure liquefied natural gas is available as a maritime fuel, a director at Woodside Petroleum said. French energy company ENGIE moved early on the transition for maritime fuels by signing an agreement in 2015 with the Japanese shipping company NYK to build vessels powered by LNG. Woodside began switching to LNG-fuelling of its own supply ... read more
All About Oil and Gas News at OilGasDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|