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Dutch regulator says gas production from Groningen field still unsafe 14 March 2022

A Dutch safety regulator has ruled out the reopening of gas production from the Groningen field after saying it was still a safety threat. The Netherlands decided in 2019 to put a cap on gas production from the Groningen field ahead of ceasing all production by October 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned, due to the risk of earthquakes....

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US, UK and EU sanction Russian energy imports 09 March 2022

Russia has threatened to cut off gas supplies to European countries after it was hit by a series of energy import restrictions by the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. On March 8, the US announced a complete ban on the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The UK said it would phase out Russian oil imports while the EU said it would reduce gas imports by two-thirds....

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Germany aiming to produce 100% of its energy with renewables by 2035 28 February 2022

According to Reuters news agency, Germany is aiming to produce all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. The news comes from a government draft paper obtained by Reuters which says that Germany is ready to rapidly accelerate capacity expansion for renewable energy and become less dependent on Russian gas....

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German fuel supplier hit by cyber attack, 13 oil terminals affected 01 February 2022

A major fuel supplier in Germany has been forced to operate at a limited capacity following a cyber attack on January 30. Oiltanking, whose customers include several medium-sized companies and Shell, said it had been the victim of a cyber attack which had forced the company to shut off its operational technology (OT) systems, impacting a total of 13 distribution terminals across Germany....

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EDF announces further cost increase and new delay to Flamanville 3 project 25 January 2022

EDF announced on January 11 that its long-delayed Flamanville 3 reactor project will be delayed by up to six months and will cost an extra €300 million euros (£251m) than previously estimated. The expected total cost of the project has increased from €12.4 billion (£10.3b) to €12.7 billion (£10.6b), four times the original estimate....

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Germany shuts down three of its last six nuclear plants 04 January 2022

As part of its move towards wind and solar power, Germany shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on December 31. The three plants, operated by E.ON and RWE, were shut down after more than 30 years of service following the German government's decision to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown....

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EDF finds faults at two French nuclear power stations 17 December 2021

French energy giant EDF has announced it is extending the closure of its Civaux nuclear power plant in the western region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine after detecting cracks on the pipes of a reactor. EDF has also closed its Chooz plant in eastern France which uses the same technology as Civaux....

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Germany’s energy regulator says Nord Stream 2 won’t be online in first half of 2022 17 December 2021

Germany’s energy regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has said that its decision on certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won’t be made before July 2022. The certification process for the pipeline was stopped in November after BNetzA told the Swiss-based operator – whose majority owner is Russia’s Gazprom – to set up a German subisidiary in order to comply with European law....

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Shell backs out of plans to develop Cambo oil field in North Sea 03 December 2021

Shell announced on December 2 that it had decided to pull out of plans to develop the Cambo oil field in the North Sea. The energy giant, which had a 30% stake in the project off the west coast of the Shetland Islands, said that the economic case for the project was not strong enough. Majority owner of the project, Siccar Point, has said it would continue to engage with the UK government and other stakeholders about the project’s development....

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Munitions factory explosion kills two, injures 16 in Serbia 01 December 2021

An explosion at a munitions factory near Belgrade, Serbia killed two people and injured 16 on November 23. The incident happened at a factory belonging to turbojet and rocket engine manufacturer EDePro....

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