Building on my last blog post, this post will try to identify and explain the reasons of the supporter group in Europe for the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 (NS2). Summary Supporting countries are Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. First of all it is important to recognize that for this group of countries NS2 is… Read More Reasons behind the support of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands for Nord Stream 2
This week, my focus has been on the UK’s position. Given that I have already conducted general background research, this post will focus primarily on the UK’s energy strategy. SUMMARY: The UK is opposed to the pipeline from a security perspective, and a desire to support Ukraine. They have voiced this publicly, though tactfully (given… Read More UK Perspectives
This week I was assigned to look further into the countries that have not really taken a radical position on the NS2 Issue (and Italy) and what might be their motivations not to take a stand in it. SUMMARY: Neutral countries have each specific reasons for staying out of the NS2 controversy. Broadly speaking, the… Read More Neutral countries and Italy
SUMMARY Slovenia, Romania, and Ukraine all oppose the Nord Stream 2 Project. Slovenia has stated that the Project diverges from EU’s principles on energy, hinders the gas market and divide the region. Romania states that it will lead to further dependency on Russia. Currently, Ukraine’s energy sector faces several critical issues and without the current… Read More Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine
tl;dr All Baltic countries oppose the construction of the NS2 project, due to distrust of Russia on the grounds of national and energy security, as well as wanting to diversify their energy supply. My task this week was to conduct further research into the Baltics states and V4 countries, and map out reasons for their… Read More Baltic Perspectives on Nord Stream 2
Below is a selection of recommended readings from the Client to assist in our research.
SummaryNord Stream 2 “is a project with neither economic rationale nor political backing” from an EU policy perspective. Since only half of the available gas import capacities in the EU were used in 2015, Nord Stream 2 will most probably lead to stranded assets. Furthermore, the pipeline conflicts with EU gas diversification strategies, efforts for… Read More EU Energy And Natural Gas Strategies & EU Position Towards Nord Stream 2
Greetings all, Here are a list of links to related articles I’ve read the past week or so that may be of interest and some commentary on the developments (five topics/catigories). Let me know if there are any you cannot access. I’ll get them for you. (I’m also starting to read through your entries of… Read More NS2: Comments on event/articles: 12-23 Feb.
For the next two weeks my task will be to provide further research on the positions of the US and UK. This post focuses on the US perspective. SUMMARY: The US is opposed to the pipeline because Trump views LNG exports as an important pathway to reduce trade deficits (and energy exports positively affect his… Read More US Perspectives
This week our primary focus was on coordinating with the project client and mapping our next steps for the project.