Thursday, October 18, 2018

Baltic Sea News

Poland Needs Offshore Wind and Nuclear Power, Says Official

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Poland needs to invest in wind farms in the Baltic Sea and in nuclear power, the government official responsible for power and gas infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Tuesday.Poland produces most of its electricity from coal and has started to look at cleaner and cheaper technologies to comply with European Union emission reduction requirements.The Energy Ministry is considering building Poland's first nuclear power station but still needs government approval for the already delayed project.

German North Sea Wind Production on the Rise

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Offshore wind power plants in Germany's North Sea produced 5.15 percent more electricity from January to June than in the same period in 2017 at 8.17 terawatt hours (TWh), TenneT, the grid operator for the region, said on Thursday.On the day of highest capacity use, TenneT said 4,431 megawatts (MW) were tapped.

Warm Sea Water Limits Nuclear Reactor Capacity

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Swedish utility Vattenfall said its Ringhals 2 nuclear reactor was running at 49 percent capacity on Tuesday as the sea water used to cool it nears an upper temperature limit.Water from the Baltic Sea is used to cool several nuclear reactors along Sweden's coastline, but temperatures are unusually warm following a prolonged period of hot weather.Vattenfall on Monday posted plans to take Ringhals 2 out of operation after water reached that reactor's 25 degree Celsius limit.However…

Sweden Approves Nordstream 2 Pipeline Application

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Sweden has approved an application from Nord Stream 2 to lay two gas pipelines through its economic zone in the Baltic Sea, the government said on Thursday.

​​​​Google Buys into New Finnish Wind Energy in Renewables Search

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Google said it has signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland and which will power one of its data centers.Big companies have rushed to secure cheap renewable energy to manage costs and reduce their carbon footprint through so-called corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow firms such as Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, Facebook and Microsoft to buy directly from the energy generator.Google said on Tuesday that the Finnish deal is the first where it is buying power from European projects that will not receive any government s

Offshore Wind: Fugro Starts Site Survey in the Baltic

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Fugro has commenced a marine site characterization program at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over €10 million ($11 million), Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a program of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

Baltic Eagle Surveys Underway

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Fugro has commenced a marine site characterisation programme at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over EUR10 million, Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a programme of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place between August 2018 and February 2019 from Fugro vessels including the geophysical vessel Fugro Pioneer and geotechnical drilling vessel, Fugro Scout.

Nord Stream 2 Dredging Starting Off German Coast

An ROV operates from the vessel Trio to explore the seabed close to Lubmin, Germany. (File photo: © Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast."Five dredgers are now working on the trench for the two pipeline strings," the consortium, based in Switzerland's Zug, said in a press release. Nord Stream 2 will consist of two pipelines running in parallel."Preparatory works are in accordance with the Stralsund mining authority's planning approval," it said.

Nord Stream to Shut Gas Pipeline for Two-Week Maintenance

Nord Stream said on Tuesday it would shut both lines of its pipeline transporting Russian gas to Europe through the Baltic Sea for two weeks of planned maintenance starting July 17.The 1,224 kilometre (760 mile) pipeline, running to Germany via the sea, has a capacity of 55 billion cubic metres. Nord Stream is a joint venture of Russia's Gazprom and Germany's Wintershall and PEG Infrastruktur.Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki

Nord Stream 2 Seeks Alternative Route to Avoid Danish Waters

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The Russia-led Nord Stream 2 consortium said on Friday it has applied to Denmark for an alternative gas pipeline route through the Baltic Sea that would avoid the Nordic state's territorial waters.Denmark is facing a dilemma on whether the project can be built near its Baltic coast and its parliament may pass legislation allowing it to veto the Nord Stream 2 pipeline going through Danish territorial waters on security grounds.Russia is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany…

Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online

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The Arkona offshore wind farm in the German part of the Baltic Sea has supplied the first electricity into the German electricity grid.The 385 MW project, operated by E.ON in partnership with Equinor, when completed can deliver power to approximately 400,000 German households. After the first of 60 turbines now being online, further wind turbines will be launched into operation.“First power in the Arkona wind project represents a milestone in the market of renewable energy and we are proud to participate together with E.ON and the transmission system operator 50Hertz.

Iran Says U.S.-Caused Oil Spike Will Slow Growth, Add to Tariff Impact

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A rise in oil prices caused by the United States' sanctions policies will hurt economic growth in China, Europe and other consumers, much like President Donald Trump's trade measures, a top Iranian official said on Thursday.Iran's OPEC governor also told Reuters the rise in oil output by OPEC and its allies, after pressure by Trump to do so, was only 170,000 barrels per day (bpd) in June and would not grow much in 2019, also weighing on economic growth.While Trump has accused the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving up oil prices…

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline on Track Despite Sanctions Risk, Operator Says

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The Nord Stream 2 pipeline to transport Russian gas to Germany is progressing on schedule, its operator said on Friday, with European investors still committed to the project despite criticism from the United States and the threat of sanctions.In July, Washington repeated a warning to Western firms invested in the pipeline that they were at risk of sanctions, saying Moscow was using the project to divide Europe.Berlin and Moscow have been at odds since Russia annexed Crimea four years ago, but they have a common interest in the Nord Stream 2 project.

US Aims to Start LNG Deliveries to Germany in Four Years

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U.S. companies expect to begin delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany in four years at the latest and will challenge Russia which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, the deputy U.S. energy secretary told a German newspaper."U.S. liquefied natural gas is coming to Germany. The question is not if, but when," Dan Brouillette told the mass circulation daily Bild in an interview published on Monday.U.S. President Donald Trump in July accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance and urged it to halt work on the $11 billion…

Germany to Build LNG Terminal in 'Gesture to U.S.'

Germany will chose a city to host a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by year end's in what its economy minister on Tuesday called "gesture" to the United States, which wants to increase gas exports to Europe."This is a gesture to our American friends," Peter Altmaier said after a meeting with the EU's energy chief in Brussels.

Poland and Germany Disagree Over Planned Russian Gas Pipeline

Poland, unlike Germany, strongly opposes Russia's plan to build a new gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea, and shares U.S. opinion that the project would help strengthen Moscow's market position, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.Berlin has given political support to the building of a new, $11 billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea called Nord Stream 2, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine, despite qualms among other EU states.In July U.S.

Poland's PGNiG Finalizes LNG Deal with U.S.' Venture Global

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Poland's dominant gas firm PGNiG has finalised the terms of a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. company Venture Global LNG, part of a move to cut reliance on Russian supply, the company said on Wednesday.PGNiG struck an agreement with Venture Global in June to acquire 2 million tonnes of LNG a year for 20 years, equivalent to 2.7 billion cubic metres of natural gas after regasification.It has now signed contracts with two Venture Global subsidiaries running from 2022 and 2023 respectively…

Novatek, Fluxys to Build German LNG Terminal

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Russian gas producer Novatek and Belgium's Fluxys joint venture Rostock LNG GmbH has signed a Land Lease Agreement with the Port of Rostock with a view to building and operating a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage terminal in the port.The envisaged facility is to unlock LNG as a low emission alternative for heavy fuel oil, diesel and LPG in North and Central Europe and the Baltic Sea area.The joint venture (Novatek 49% - Fluxys 51%) intends to build and operate a terminal for receiving and unloading mid-scale LNG carriers…

Uniper Sees Merit in Building LNG Terminal at Wilhelmshaven

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Germany's Uniper on Tuesday said it favors a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Wilhelmshaven deep sea port on the North Sea coast, less than a week after peer RWE said it secured access to capacity should a rival project at Brunsbuettel go ahead."Wilhelmshaven in particular can be a suitable location, there are many arguments in favour of it," spokesman Leif Erichsen said in a written statement.He cited the port's ability to offer infrastructure for LNG vessels of all sizes and its proximity to the German long-distance gas pipeline grids and underground storage caverns in the northern sta

Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

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Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has filed a complaint with a court in Sweden to block the construction through Swedish waters of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it said on Wednesday.Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the Baltic Sea.The work involves detonating World War…