Friday, February 22, 2019

Baltic Sea News

Polaris Refuels in Finland

Image: Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

World’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) icebreaker Polaris refueled for the first time at the Nordic countries’ largest LNG terminal in Tornio in the icy Röyttä Harbour.As of yet, LNG is the world’s most environmentally friendly ship fuel. It does not contain sulphur, and its combustion generates approximately 87% less nitrogen oxides in comparison to regularly used Marine Diesel Oil (MDO). Furthermore, LNG’s particulate matter emissions are nearly non-existent.From the outset,…

Uniper: EU Decision on Nord Stream 2 Won't Affect Construction

Uniper said on Thursday it will stick to its contractual obligations concerning Russian gas export pipeline Nord Stream 2, adding that the outcome of an upcoming EU meeting would not affect the construction of the pipeline."I firmly assume that the Nord Stream 2 project will be realised", a spokesman of the energy group said.The European Union executive wants to extend its internal energy market laws to offshore gas pipelines to have a say over the new gas link under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany.

Polskie LNG Gets Permits for Terminal Expansion

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Polish LNG terminal operator Polskie LNG has obtained a set of environmental and location decisions for all projects implemented under the LNG Terminal Expansion Program.The environmental permits are final, while the decisions issued by the Governor of West Pomerania are immediately enforceable (which stems directly from the provisions of the Special Act on the LNG Terminal).The Expansion Program of President Lech Kaczyński's LNG Terminal is implemented as scheduled."The environmental…

German North Sea Wind Capacity Up 12.7%

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Offshore wind power operators in the German North Sea raised generation capacity by 12.7 percent to 6,232 megawatts (MW) last year, nearing a government target of 6,500 MW national offshore capacity by 2020, grid company TenneT GmbH said on Thursday.TenneT, the German arm of the bigger Dutch transmission network group, plays a key role in the sector because it is responsible for linking North Sea wind farms to onshore grids in the states of Lower Saxony and Schleswig Holstein.Its German North Sea connection capacity already outstrips that of existing wind parks, having grown by 16.9 percent to 6,23

PGNiG's LNG Imports Rises in 2018

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Polish energy firm PGNiG said that the share of gas imports from Russia in total import volume fell last year to less than 67%. The share of LNG imports, however, increased to over 20%.In 2018, PGNiG imported over 0.62 bcm less natural gas from Russia than in 2017 (down 6.4%). Imports from the East amounted to approx. 9.04 bcm, as compared to approx. 9.66 bcm in 2017.LNG imports to Poland through Swinoujscie terminal rose 58% year on year to 2.7bcm of natural gas equivalent amid more deliveries from Qatar."LNG imports (from Qatar…

Russian President Commissions Kaliningrad LNG Terminal

Launch of a gas-receiving terminal and floating storage regasification platform in Kaliningrad Region. Photo: President of Russia Website

Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal that will serve as a back-up gas supply solution for the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. The facility includes floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in Baltic Sea enclave.Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said: "The floating storage regasification platform is currently moored at the receiving terminal; that platform will convert LNG into gas to pump into the underground facility…

Bunker One Expands to Germany

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Denmark-based marine fuel supplier Bunker One has announced the establishment of a new physical bunker entity, serving the German market.Bunker Holding subsidiary said that the business activities of the new entity Bunker One (Germany) GmbH will be concentrated on supplying marine fuel products and other related services to ferry- container- and other commercial vessels in all ports at the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions with base in Rostock, Kiel and Hamburg.To benefit the…

Bunker Delivery Note Amendments Enter into Force

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January 2019.According to a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO), the amendment enters into force as the shipping industry counts down to 1 January 2020, when the limit for sulphur in fuel oil will be reduced to 0.50% m/m outside emission control areas (ECAs), from…

Polskie LNG Begins LNG Terminal Expansion Program

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Polskie LNG, the owner and operator of LNG terminal in Poland published the contract notice that officially commences the tender procedure with the view to select the contractor for the expansion of LNG terminal in Poland, Świnoujście.These components include construction of the third LNG process storage tank, delivery of additional process installations increasing the regasification capacity, and the LNG transhipment installation together with a railway siding.The overall objective of the said projects is not only to increase Poland's energy security…

Caspian is Key for Lukoil

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Alexander Oboronkov leapt at the chance to work on the Filanovsky platform after it was launched in 2016, keen to see Russia's largest Caspian Sea oilfield in action.The Filanovsky oilfield, along with the nearby Korchagin and Rakushechnoye fields, are key to the growth plans at Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil producer, where Oboronkov works as deputy head of the Filanovsky platform.The company, controlled by executives Vagit Alekperov and Leonid Fedun, took its name from three oil towns in Lukoil's tradition exploration region of western Siberian: Langepas…

Poland and Lithuania Agree to Build Undersea Power Cable

Polish and Lithuanian power grid operators said on Friday they had agreed to build a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underwater cable by 2025 as part of a plan to connect the electricity grids of the Baltic states with those of the European Union.Poland's PSE and Lithuania's Litgrid said they signed an initial cooperation agreement regarding what they called a "Harmony Link", with an investment decision expected in 2020.EU Climate Commissioner Arias Canete was quoted in a statement as saying the cross-border project was a clear sign of how political and professional accords were helping the thre

Van Oord Vessel Gets Baltic Project

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Dutch maritime contracting company Royal Van Oord has signed a contract with the Swedish energy company Vattenfall for the transport and installation of the foundations for Kriegers Flak wind farm.Van Oord, international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind) said that it will install the project’s 72 monopiles and transition pieces.With a production capacity of just over 600 MW Kriegers Flak will be Denmark’s largest offshore…

Vattenfall Okays 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore Wind Farm

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Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall has reached a final investment decision for the 605MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Danish waters of the Baltic Sea.Vattenfall has made the final investment decisions for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark. Further action for Vesterhav Syd & Nord is awaiting the result of the appeal process. The two projects amount to a total value of 1.7 billion euro (USD 1.95 bln)" said a statement from the Europe's generator of electricity and heat in Denmark…

Equinor Expands In Polish Offshore Wind

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Norway's Equinor has expanded it presence in the Polish offshore wind market after exercising an option to acquire a 50 percent interest in the Bałtyk I offshore wind development project in the Baltic Sea from domestic firm Polenergia.The transaction is a follow-up of the agreement between the two companies which came into force in May 2018, by which Equinor acquired a 50 percent interest in Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III."We are very pleased to further deepen our presence in Poland and to work with Polenergia, which is an experienced energy company with an in-depth knowledge of the Polish energy market.

Kairos Begins Operations in Northwest Europe

Photo: Polish LNG Platform

The world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” has started operations in Northwest Europe on December 11th, 2018, said a press note from the Polish LNG Platform.Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg based leading LNG supplier “Nauticor” with a 90% share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider KN with a 10% share, the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, underlined the importance…

PGE Seeks Offshore Wind Partners

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Polish state-owned power company Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) has invited over a dozen parties to potentially cooperate with the company оn building up to 2.55 GW of offshore wind parks.The Polish power group said in a statement that it was looking for an experienced partner with knowhow in developing offshore wind farms. The two facilities, the 1,500 MW Baltica 2 and 1,045 MW Baltica 3, will be situated 30 kilometers north of Poland's coast near the town of Leba with and set to…

Poland and Denmark to Build Baltic Gas Pipeline

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Poland's gas grid operator Gaz-System and its Danish counterpart have given the final go-ahead to invest in building a gas pipeline linking Poland with Norway's deposits via the Baltic Sea and Denmark, Gaz-System said on Friday.The 900-kilometres (560-mile) pipeline, known as the Baltic Pipe, is a Polish project designed to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. The Baltic Pipe is expected to be ready in 2022 when Poland's long-term deal with Russia's Gazprom expires.(Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Adrian Croft)

​Most of Nord Stream 2 Project to be Paid for by 2019 - OMV CEO

Rainer Seele  (Photo: OMV)

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project connecting Russia to Germany will be 70 percent paid for by next year, the chief executive of Austrian oil and gas company OMV said on Friday.The project partners will likely make another cash transfer by the end of 2018, OMV CEO Rainer Seele told Reuters in an interview."We will move into 2019 with more or less 70 percent of the project financed already," Seele said, adding that OMV has so far invested 531 million euros in the project.Nord Stream 2 AG, which will double the existing Nord Stream 1 capacity from its current 55 billion cubic metres of gas a year

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels…

Poland Aims 8 GW of Offshore Wind

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Poland has announced ambitious plans to develop 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035 and the country is working on laws that could support this project.Polish State Secretary for Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski said the country has the potential to develop the capacity in the Baltic Sea up to 2035. "Poland will soon pass a law to this effect, spelling out the annual volumes up to this date," he said.A press release from WindEurope, an association for wind energy in Europe, quoted WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu as saying: “Things are now starting to look up for wind energy in Poland.