United Kingdom

Nord Stream 2 seeks permit for third Danish pipeline route, slams delays

S&P Global Platts | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:32 PM
  • The project company building Russia’s 55 Bcm/year Nord Stream 2 gas link to Germany has applied for a permit for a third route for the Danish section, while slamming the delays in approving two existing requests.
  • Nord Stream 2 is still waiting for decisions on a permit request from April 2017 for a route through Danish territorial waters south of Bornholm, and one from August for a route through Denmark’s exclusive economic zone northwest of Bornholm.
  • The route through Danish territorial waters requires a positive recommendation from Denmark’s foreign ministry that the project is compatible with Denmark’s foreign, security and defense policy.


Elizabeth Warren is out with a new public lands plan

Financial Post | Apr 15, 2019 at 2:04 PM
  • Elizabeth Warren is vowing to prohibit new fossil fuel leasing on public lands if she’s elected president, one of several new energy proposals she rolled out Monday before a campaign swing in two Western states.
  • Warren is set to discuss the public lands policies this week during campaign stops in South Carolina, Colorado and Utah.
  • Warren’s bid for a dramatic increase in renewable electricity generation on public land and offshore is a major turnabout from current policy.

Russian Federation

Denmark receives application for third route of Nord Stream 2 pipeline – DEA

TASS Russian News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM
  • The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has received an application for the construction of Nord Stream 2 on the third route, which runs in the exclusive economic zone of the country south of Bornholm, a spokesman with the agency told TASS.
  • As a result, the Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, failed to receive the permit for the construction of the pipeline in the Danish waters.
  • The pipeline will bypass transit countries – Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries through exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five countries – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.


Turkey’s trade with Middle East surpasses $40 billion

Hurriyet Daily News | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:31 PM
  • The figures provided by e-commerce platform Turkeyol indicate that the volume of trade between the Middle Eastern countries and Turkey grew by 25 percent in the last decade to stand at $42.9 billion.
  • The volume of trade between the Middle Eastern countries and Turkey is expected to reach $50 billion by the end of 2019.
  • The volume of exports from the Middle Eastern countries to Turkey increased by 40 percent in the last decade to $17.24 billion.

United Kingdom

Double success in Middle East for SIAD Macchine Impianti

Gas World | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:22 PM
  • The company revealed to gasworld that the ambitious projects in question, launched towards the end of the year, comprise one on the coast of the Sultanate of Oman and the other in the Kingdom of Bahrain, respectively.
  • In the context of these large-scale projects, Italy-based SIAD MI was identified as the ideal partner for the supply of two ASUs (air separation units) for the production of ultra-high purity (UHP) grade nitrogen.
  • Despite the ongoing transition across the Middle East towards a more diversified economic base, the refinery business was still the second-largest end-user market for gases (20% market share) in 2017 according to gasworld Business Intelligence, while in Bahrain it was the third-largest end-user market (13% share) in 2016.


Many Algerians question billions spent on Great Mosque of Algiers

Radio France Internationale | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:16 PM
  • Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika may be gone, but his unfinished Great Mosque of Algiers, some say, symbolizes his 20-year reign, as well as his megalomania.
  • Sitting on the Bay of Algiers, when finished it will be the third the largest mosque in the world, and the largest in Africa.
  • Right now on social media, many are calling for this new mosque to be turned into Algeria’s largest hospital instead.

United Kingdom

Iraq’s Solution To Stranded Kurdistan Crude

OilPrice.com | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • Iraq is set to build an oil refinery of 150,000 bpd processing capacity in the northern city of Kirkuk.
  • Last November, Iraq resumed oil exports from the Kirkuk province, a year after it had stopped oil flows from the area due to a dispute with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
  • The only export outlet of the Kirkuk oil is the oil pipeline of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).