Gas drilling projects resurrected around Europe, ignoring EU ‘advice’

Posted: June 23, 2022 by oldbrew in Energy, government, Politics
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Hands up if you want to risk your country running out of energy supplies! Oh…no takers. But…climate crisis…emissions…blah blah? Not now please, we’re too busy with more urgent matters – like power for next winter.
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While the European Commission has shared three main ways to reduce Russian energy dependency – energy savings, renewables and diversification – many countries opted for their methods, including the revival of fossil fuel projects, says Euractiv.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently warned EU member states not to backtrack on their long-term drive to cut fossil fuel use as a handful of nations turned to coal following a decision by Russia to limit their gas supplies.

Other countries decided to speed up or expand gas drilling initiatives, and some U-turned on previous decisions against drilling.

One example is the joint Dutch-German North Sea drilling operation. The project has been planned for some time now, but the German state of Lower Saxony government decided against issuing permits. The Dutch Ministry recently announced that Lower Saxony “is now making a different decision because of the war in Ukraine,” and drilling is set to begin in 2024.

Locked reserves? Change the law!

The push for the expansion of gas drilling activity is also happening in Italy. The country produces around 3.3 billion cubic metres of gas annually, and the government estimates there are reserves of 70-90 billion cubic metres in Italian subsoil. However, reserves are currently locked by law, and gas cannot be extracted.

In February, in response to the energy crisis and rising energy bills, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government started reasoning on the hypothesis of doubling extraction.

The war in Ukraine has accelerated the discussion on the country’s energy strategy to exploit its resources. After Gazprom cut supplies to Italy, Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani opened up to a review of drilling activity, calling it a “mistake to have gone from 20% domestic gas in 2000 to 3-4% in 2020.”

Romania is the biggest oil producer among EU member states and also has proven offshore gas reserves. Until April, these reserves have been locked. The governing coalition, however, agreed to change the offshore law and allowed investors to exploit the reserves.

Norway has traditionally been the second most important gas supplier for the EU. After the invasion of Ukraine, Norway vowed to help the EU reduce its dependency on Russian gas.

To replace Russian gas, the Norwegian government authorised an increase in production, which was met with strong disapproval from the left-wing opposition, warning of the lock-in of investments in the fossil fuel projects.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    City of Boston USA is still buying Russian gas thanks to archaic rules and assorted legal actions. Amazing.

    JUN 23, 2022

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  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently warned EU member states’


  4. oldbrew says:

    Germany Triggers Phase 2 Of Gas Emergency Plan
    Jun 23, 2022

    The government is calling for increased energy conservation.
    . . .
    In an official statement, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, as quoted by Reuters, that Germans would need to begin reducing their energy consumption and blamed the current state of affairs on Russia’s president.
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    That’s a *plan*?

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  6. ilma630 says:

    As Gamecock points out, von der Leyen’s ‘warning’ exposes the heart of the EU, in that its policies completely overrule any notion of caring for people. They basically don’t care what damage and destruction they cause in peoples’ lives (and national economies), so long as their utopian fantasies are carried out, they’re happy.

  7. Mike Wattam says:

    Yes, about time EU countries adopted practical solutions to the energy crisis. However, I see no sign of anything constructive being done in the UK to revitalise reliable energy sources. And are traditional coal-fired power stations still burning wood brickettes? Am I missing something?

  8. oldbrew says:

    Mike W – there’s the fracking review…

    A report is expected before the end of June 2022.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe to bring gas to Europe as bloc scrambles for supplies
    Wed, 22 June 2022

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s chemicals giant is to supply Europe with American liquified natural gas (LNG) as concerns mount over supplies following EU sanctions on Russia.

    Ineos said the two-decade agreement with California-based Sempra Infrastructure will allow it to import as much as 1.4 million tonnes of LNG per year.

    The company then plans to trade the gas on European markets, while using some to meet its own industrial needs.

    NB the UK government blocked his UK fracking plan.

  10. Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. says:

    It’s beyond comprehension, how a stupid 19th-Century “scientific” theory (the “greenhouse” lunacy!) has convinced most of the World to adopt physically ridiculous & self-destructing energy policies. I hope that the instinct for self-preservation & survival will eventually overcome the mental delusion of politicians, scientists, and environmental NGOs in this regard.

  11. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Stuff the EUSSR, poked the bear, caused the problem.

  12. Adam Gallon says:

    So much for “Stranded Assets”

  13. oldbrew says:

    Suddenly, keeping the lights on ranks higher than futile climate obsessions…

    Germany and five other EU countries commit to solidarity as blackouts loom
    27 Jun 2022

    Measures being mentioned in case of an electricity crisis include: cross-border usage of reserve capacities and flexible loads, surveillance of the short-term security of electricity supply, exchange of information regarding saving appeals to the public, support with electric equipment, knowledge and expertise, usage of mobile generators, and exchange of information about demand disconnection plans.
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    Short, and sometimes murky, winter days and solar panels don’t go together too well. If the EU countries know when such days are coming, so do the Russian gas suppliers.

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