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DTEK’s CEO updates status of Ukraine’s energy/electricity sector

In a weekly online briefing on Thursday, May 12, DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko discussed Ukraine’s energy security. He provided an update on energy sector operations and restoration of electricity supply amid the Russian invasion.

North Sea Transition Authority publishes Corporate Plan for next five years

The North Sea Transition Authority, formerly known as the UK Oil & Gas Authority, published its Corporate Plan outlining how it will support the industry for the next five years.

EU drafts $205 billion plan to wean itself off Russian fuels

The European Union’s executive arm is set to bolster renewables and energy savings goals as part of a 195 billion-euro ($205 billion) plan to end its dependency on Russian fossil fuels by 2027.

Neptune Energy investing $1 billion to support UK energy security

Neptune Energy announced it will spend more than $1 billion over the next five years securing energy supplies for the UK and speeding the transition to net zero.

Boris Johnson urges oil majors Shell, BP to invest in renewables

Boris Johnson urged the oil majors BP Plc and Shell Plc to invest “massively” in renewables to shore up the U.K.’s energy security, as soaring prices squeeze household budgets.

Oil jumps the most in three weeks as EU plans strictest ban yet

Oil rallied as supply concerns took center stage with the EU threatening to ban Russian supplies this year and U.S. regional fuel inventories dropping to record lows.

EU presses to maintain unity over Putin’s rubles-for-gas demand

European Union energy ministers tried to project a united front Monday in rejecting Russia’s demands to buy gas in rubles as the bloc tries to prevent Vladimir Putin from sowing divisions in the bloc.

NSTA highlights 33 new projects at industry leaders’ meeting

The annual performance review for the UK’s top producers highlighted 33 new projects targeting 1.3 billion barrels of oil and gas which will significantly bolster the country’s energy security.

Neptune Energy confirms oil and gas discovery at Hamlet in the North Sea

Neptune Energy and its partners discovered up to 24 million recoverable barrels of oil equivalent at the Hamlet exploration wells (PL153) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, the company and its partners announced.

EU warns Russian gas buyers that ruble payments breach sanctions

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned companies not to bend to Russia’s demands to pay for gas in rubles, as the continent scrambles to respond to Moscow’s move to start switching off supplies.

Russia is using gas deliveries as a ‘weapon,’ Bulgaria says

European gas prices surged more than 20% as Russia’s Gazprom PJSC confirmed that it halted gas flows to Bulgaria and Poland, saying it will keep supplies turned off until the two countries agree to Moscow’s demand for rubles -- a dramatic escalation with Europe as its invasion of Ukraine presses forward.

Executive viewpoint: Texas oil and gas can save Europe—again

Wayne Christian

The EU should be buying LNG from friendly countries like America, Australia, and other Western democracies to meet their firm generation needs. It’s dependable, affordable, and cleaner than coal.

Europe loads up on more North Sea crude to replace Russian oil

European refiners continue to lap up North Sea crude to seek replacements for Russian oil in response to the war in Ukraine.

German minister says full embargo on Russian oil ‘manageable’

Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Germany has already cut its reliance on Russian oil enough to make a full embargo “manageable,” potentially laying the groundwork for a continent-wide ban that would upend the global trade in petroleum.

Italy prime minister: EU can cut Russian energy dependence sooner than thought

Europe can reduce energy dependence on Russia quicker than previously estimated, Mario Draghi said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

Shale producers court European buyers in bid for key LNG market

From a barbecue lunch at an LNG terminal in Texas to commercial talks near Capitol Hill, American natural gas companies are making a multi-state push to woo potential European buyers.

World Oil exclusive: Hard data, analysis on Russian and Ukrainian military forces

In the last couple of days, World Oil has received data from a credible European military source about the situation in Ukraine. This information regards the strength and status of both Russian and Ukrainian forces.

U.S., EU reach LNG supply deal to cut dependence on Russia

The U.S. and the European Union will push to boost supplies of LNG to European countries by the end of 2022 in a bid to begin to displace some Russian gas, a political framework that now leaves companies to sort out the details.

Europe hoovering up more of its own oil amid Russia reticence

European refiners are increasingly turning to their own backyard for oil supply in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Texas Railroad Commissioner: Texas oil and gas can save Europe, again

The EU should be buying Liquified Natural Gas from friendly countries like America, Australia, and other western democracies to meet their firm generation needs, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian says.

U.K. to ramp up offshore wind targets in energy security push

The government is also considering changing the rules that govern the award of new permits for North Sea oil and gas fields, so that it can speed up the exploitation of domestic hydrocarbons.