Tag: Pipelines

Joe Manchin’s Pipeline Deal Irks Both Parties, Snarling Spending Bill

WASHINGTON — When Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia agreed in late July to supply his crucial vote allowing Democrats to pass their landmark climate change, health and tax legislation, he extracted a promise in return: Congress would pass a separate bill by the end of September making it easier to build a natural […]

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EU Leaders Say Putin’s Gas Power Is Weakening

BERLIN — Not long after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, another mobilization began. European energy ministers and diplomats started jetting across the world and inking energy deals — racing to prepare for a rough winter should Russia choose to cut off its cheap gas in retaliation for Western sanctions. Since then, President Vladimir V. Putin of […]

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Russia Says the Gas Pipeline to Germany Will Remain Closed

Gazprom said on Friday that it would postpone restarting the flow of natural gas through a closely watched pipeline that connects Russia and Germany, an unexpected delay that appeared to be part of a larger struggle between Moscow and the West over energy and the war in Ukraine. The Russian-owned energy giant had been expected […]

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Portugal Could Hold an Answer for a Europe Captive to Russian Gas

Portugal has no coal mines, oil wells or gas fields. Its impressive hydropower production has been crippled this year by drought. And its long-running disconnect from the rest of Europe’s energy network has earned the country its status as an “energy island.” Yet with Russia withholding natural gas from countries opposed to its invasion of […]

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Russia Halts Natural Gas Flows to Germany Again

Gazprom, Russia’s government-owned energy giant, shut off natural gas flows early Wednesday through Nord Stream 1, the critical pipeline that connects Russia to Germany, raising fresh worries about European energy supplies. Gazprom said the cutoff was temporary and was necessary for maintenance, although the German government and energy executives consider it to be politically motivated. […]

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Russia plans to halt natural gas flows to Germany again.

Gazprom, Russia’s government-owned energy giant, is expected on Wednesday to temporarily stop natural gas flows through Nord Stream 1, the critical pipeline that connects Russia to Germany, raising fresh worries about European energy supplies. Gazprom, Russia’s government-owned energy giant, said the cutoff was necessary for maintenance, although the German government and energy executives consider it […]

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Wonking Out: Europe and the Economics of Blackmail

Four decades ago I spent a year working in the U.S. government, on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. (For those wondering: Yes, this was the Reagan administration; no, I wasn’t a Republican.) It was a technocratic job. I was the chief international economist; the chief domestic economist was a guy named Larry […]

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Estonia Never Needed to Import Gas by Ship. Until It Did.

In Paldiski, Estonia, abandoned Soviet-era bunkers, splattered with graffiti and overgrown with weeds, are a reminder of the centuries-long domination that Russia once exerted over the Baltic region. Now this port city in the northwestern corner of the country is hastily being turned into a bulwark against Russian efforts to politically pressure Europe. Ever since […]

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Hungary Settles Russia’s Bill With Ukraine to Restore Oil Flows

BERLIN — Hungary’s main oil conglomerate said on Wednesday that it would pay an outstanding bill owed by Russia’s oil pipeline operator to the Ukrainian authorities, clearing the way for Russian oil deliveries to resume to three Central European countries. Analysts described the financial arrangement as an unexpected boomerang effect of sanctions imposed on Moscow. […]

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Manchin’s Donors Include Pipeline Giants That Win in His Climate Deal

BLACKSBURG, Va. — After years of spirited opposition from environmental activists, the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a 304-mile gas pipeline cutting through the Appalachian Mountains — was behind schedule, over budget and beset with lawsuits. As recently as February, one of its developers, NextEra Energy, warned that the many legal and regulatory obstacles meant there […]

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Germany Tells Russia’s Gazprom Its Turbine Is Ready for Pipeline

Standing before a hulking metal turbine that normally propels natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany rejected Russia’s contention that technical problems were behind the sharp curtailment in gas flows to Germany. He said the only reason the machine had not yet been returned to […]

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How Joe Manchin Shaped the Climate Change Bill

Asked for comment, Mr. Manchin’s spokeswoman, Sam Runyon, pointed to those provisions as well as another $5 billion in the package that would allow existing coal-fired power plants to improve their efficiency and adopt environmental controls like scrubbers, which remove pollutants from smokestacks. Those measures to help the coal industry, she noted, come on top […]

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Europe’s Race to Secure New Energy Sources Is on a Knife’s Edge

As Russia tightens its chokehold on supplies of natural gas, Europe is looking everywhere for energy to keep its economy running. Coal-fired power plants are being revived. Billions are being spent on terminals to bring in liquefied natural gas, much of it from shale fields in Texas. Officials and heads of state are flying to […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s Joe Manchin Moment

Manchin’s motivations have been easier to parse than Sinema’s. He clearly sees breaking with national Democrats to be beneficial for him in his home state, which went to Donald Trump by nearly 40 points in 2020. He similarly caters to energy interests in his home state (the relaxations of federal pipeline regulations will help a […]

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Russia Cuts Gas Flow to Europe, Intensifying Fears It Is Weaponizing Fuel

BERLIN — On the eve of a European Union emergency meeting on cutting natural gas consumption, Russia’s state-owned gas monopoly said Monday that it would slash gas deliveries to Germany, as President Vladimir V. Putin once again showed his unpredictability and his power to inflict pain on the bloc for backing Ukraine. E.U. energy ministers […]

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Russia Announces Deeper Cuts in Natural Gas Flows to Germany

BERLIN — Russia’s state-owned gas monopoly, Gazprom, said on Monday that it would further reduce the amount of natural gas it sends to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, less than a week after it resumed limited flows after an annual maintenance shutdown. Flows had already been cut back to 40 percent of capacity, […]

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Russia Restarts Gas Shipments Through Pipeline, but Keeps Germany Guessing

Pipe systems of the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.Credit…Jens Buettner/DPA, via Associated Press Russia’s decision to restart the flow of natural gas through a vital pipeline on Thursday brought a moment of relief to Germany, which uses the fuel to power its most important industries and heat half its homes. But […]

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With Russian Cutoff Feared, Europeans Are Told to Curb Natural Gas Use

BRUSSELS — Europe must drastically cut its use of natural gas immediately, and by a total of 15 percent between now and the springtime, to prevent a major crisis as Russia slashes gas exports, the European Union’s executive branch said on Wednesday, calling for hard sacrifices by the people of the world’s richest group of […]

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Putin Signals Gas Pipeline Will Resume at Reduced Levels

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suggested late Tuesday that natural gas would resume flowing to Europe after the Nord Stream 1 pipeline’s maintenance shutdown, but warned that supplies may be severely curtailed. Speaking to reporters in Tehran after meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey, Mr. Putin said that shipments via Nord Stream […]

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