energy

Several Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested as deadline passes

Several people at a camp protesting against a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota were arrested Wednesday after a deadline to vacate the land passed, local media reported.

Energy consumption in EU below its 1990 level but dependency on fossil fuel imports on the rise

In the period from 1990 to 2015 energy consumption in the EU decreased but there was an increase in dependency on fossil fuels, which continued to represent by far the main source of energy, even though all member-countries reduced their share in energy consumption, shows the latest Eurostat report.

Dakota Access Pipeline construction to get go-ahead from US Army

Construction of a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota appears more likely to go ahead as planned under the Trump administration, according to a court filing Tuesday.

President: Energy sector must be in Croatian hands, reports on conscription premature

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that Croatia had to keep its energy sector in its own hands but she would not comment on models for the renationalisation of the INA oil company and described reports about the reintroduction of conscription as premature.

Swedish port city to serve as depot for Russian gas pipeline

A Swedish port city Tuesday approved plans to store pipes for an underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Croatia's energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

Croatia's Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue.

Croatian President says energy key for growth, development, political stability

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday energy was a key area for economic growth, social development and political stability, and that in the period ahead it was necessary to show more willingness and determination in the creation of a new, well-conceived and ambitious energy policy.

Trump moves to advance construction of controversial US pipelines

US President Donald Trump signed presidential memoranda Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada into the United States and the Dakota Access pipeline.

As many as 10 dead in accident on Azerbaijani oil platform

At least one oil worker is dead and nine others missing after part of the offshore rig they were on collapsed into the Caspian Sea, company officials said Thursday.

EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

LNG terminal would make Croatia regional leader

The construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Croatia is a low-risk investment that is not complicated, and it can bring the country huge commercial gain very soon, Ian Brzezinski, an associate at the Atlantic Council said at a panel discussion on Croatia's role in the Three Seas Initiative, held in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Spanish pensioner's death sparks protests

Thousands of people took to the streets of some 20 cities in Spain on Saturday to protest against energy poverty.

US declares 40,000 kilometres of electric car highways

The White House issued plans to encourage electric cars on Thursday, including nearly 40,000 kilometres of major highways where drivers across the United States should eventually have regular access to charging stations.

World Bank: Energy prices to rise by nearly 25 per cent next year

Global energy prices are forecast to rise by nearly 25 per cent next year, the World Bank said Thursday.

Krsko plant to start regular refuelling outage Saturday

The nuclear power plant, based in the Slovenian town of Krsko and co-owned by Slovenia and Croatia, is embarking on a EUR 20-million month-long routine refuelling outage and an overhaul of the plant on Saturday, October 1. the power plant's management board chairman Stane Rozman said at a news conference on Thursday, boasting that the plant is operating in a fully stable manner and has reached a high level of nuclear stability.

Croatia has secure energy supply says minister

Currently, Croatia has relatively secure provision of energy supplies and if in the next few years it manages to develop competitive production sources, primarily of electricity, it will become a competitive country, create an environment for new investments and secure competitive prices for power, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat said on Tuesday.

Army destroys 74 refineries, militant camps in oil-rich Niger Delta

Nigerian soldiers destroyed 74 illegal oil refineries and several militant camps in the oil-rich Niger Delta, an army spokesman said Friday.

Bosnia starts building hydro power plant, Koncar to equip it

The beginning of construction of the Vranduk hydro power plant on the River Bosna in central Bosnia and Herzegovina was marked at a ceremony on Thursday, and the new EUR 57-million plant will be built by Austria's Strabag and Croatia's Koncar.

HEP earns HRK 1.2 bln in net profits, invests HRK 175 mln in H1

The HEP power supplier earned net profits in the amount of HRK 1.2 billion in the first half of 2016, which is HRK 276 million more than in the same period last year, and its investments grew by 73% to HRK 174.7 million, shows a financial statement released by that state-owned company.

Baltic states and Sweden wary of Russian gas pipeline

Sweden and three of its Baltic neighbours were closely following plans to build a second underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, the Swedish and Baltic foreign ministers said Tuesday.

Memo of understanding on Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline signed in Dubrovnik

ZAGREB, Aug 26 (Hina) - Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro as well as the executives of Azerbaijan's SOCAR oil and gas company on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a project for the construction of the future Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline (IAP) and the document-signing ceremony was held as part of the Dubrovnik Forum.

Libyan forces claim control of Islamic State command centre in Sirte

Libyan forces aligned to a UN-backed unity government Wednesday said they had captured Islamic State's command centre in the city of Sirte, its last stronghold in the North African country.

Islamic State terrorists may hide among migrants, Libyan premier says

Islamic State terrorists may be hiding among Mediterranean boat migrants, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj warned in a Wednesday interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

INA to buy raw natural gas from Slovenia

The Croatian oil and gas company INA will buy raw natural gas from two wells at Lendava, northeastern Slovenia, and will transport it to its central gas station at Molve for further processing and refining.

Croatian president meets with Lithuanian counterpart in Vilnius

Bilateral cooperation and common interests in the territory between the Baltic and the Adriatic are very important to Croatia and Lithuania, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite said in Vilnius on Thursday

Hungary shuts reactor in Paks nuclear plant

The operation of Block 1 of the nuclear power plant in Paks, central Hungary, was suspended on Thursday morning due to the malfunction of the IT control system which has however not undermined the block's safety, the Hungarian national atomic energy office (OAH) was quoted by the MTI news agency as saying on its website.

Pokupsko biomass-fuelled heating plant project awarded in Brussels

A project for a biomass-fuelled heating plant in the municipality of Pokupsko, conducted by the municipal authorities and the North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency, was recently given an EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) award.

Conference held on Croatia's energy future

Croatia should build its energy future on the use of state-of-art technology as well as on the increasing use of renewable resources, according to conclusions of an international conference on Croatia's energy future organised by the Lider weekly newspaper in Zagreb on Tuesday.

PM says energy key segment for Croatia's economy

Oreskovic told Nova TV commercial television that Culture Minister Zlatko Izetbegovic enjoyed his full support, warning that a lot of spins had been carried by the media.

HRK 60.3mln spent on electricity vouchers for destitute Croatians

During the round table discussion, an international project called REACH - "Reduce Energy Use And Change Habits" -  which is being conducted in Sisak-Moslavina County, was presented.

Minister says Croatia to complete floating LNG terminal in 2018

Croatia aims to complete a floating liquefied natural gas terminal in the northern Adriatic in 2018 and initial capacity is set at around two billion cubic metres of gas a year, Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

Croatia and 8 other countries ask Commisison to reassess North Stream project

The letter was signed on the margins of the EU summit in Brussels on Friday by Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.

US says Croatia's LNG terminal not anti-Russian

Hochstein discussed the matter with leaders of the new Croatian government on Wednesday, saying that they were ready to accelerate the project and "move it from the talking about it stage to the actual implementation stage."

Croatian deputy PMs discuss LNG terminal project with US energy envoy

Karamarko and Hochstein agreed that the LNG project on the northern Adriatic island of Krk was of mutual interest to both Croatia and the United States.

Minister: Energy sector potential like that in motorways in 2000s

Today the potential for energy related projects is the same as investments in motorways were in the early 2000s, Croatian SMEs Minister Darko Horvat said on Tuesday, adding that anyone who wishes to invest in the energy sector is welcome.

Monalp Biomass to build two biomass plants at Sisak

The Monalp Biomass company on Friday signed an agreement with the Sisak city authorities for the construction of two biomass-fired power plants of 5 megawatts (MW) each in the city's industrial zone.

Day-ahead power market launched in Croatia

The Croatian Power Exchange (CROPEX) has launched a day-ahead electricity market in Croatia, trading 476 megawatt hours on its first day of operation on Wednesday and 358 MWh on Thursday.

Croatia achieves 2020 target for share of renewables in energy consumption

"In 2014, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 16.0% in the European Union (EU), almost double that of 2004 (8.5%), the first year for which data is available," Eurostat said.

President advocates green economy

Croatia can and should reduce the harmful effects of global climate change and at the same time provide for production activities which will create more jobs for young people, keeping them in Croatia. 

New economy minister talks about energy policy

Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic was the guest of a popular Croatian public television (HTV) current affairs talk show on Sunday afternoon in which he spoke about his ministry's plans and energy policy.

Minister says Croatia should prepare new energy strategy

Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic has said that it is logical to expect that Croatia's new energy strategy will jettison plans to build a coal-fired block within the exiting Plomin thermal power plant.

Croatia among EU countries moderately dependent on energy imports

In 2014 Croatia was among the European Union countries moderately dependent on energy imports, according to data released by the EU statistical office Eurostat on Friday.

Economy and finance ministers announce strategies for energy, public debt

Panenic added that 113 investment projects were in the pipeline, after being drawn up in accordance with the Strategic Investments Act.

GE says it will slash 6,500 European jobs as part of Alstom takeover

General Electric said Wednesday that it would cut some 6,500 jobs in Europe as part of a plan to integrate the energy division of France's Alstom, a sale that was approved last year by Europe's competition authorities.

Study: German coal plants emit seven tonnes of mercury per year

Germany's coal-fired power plants are emitting seven tonnes of hazardous mercury per year, making the country the worst European quicksilver polluter after Poland and Greece, a study has shown.

Croatia completing Low Carbon Development Strategy among first in EU

 In Croatia, the majority of buildings were built before 1990 and have either poor or no thermal insulation, which prompted the government to launch a comprehensive programme for the energy renovation of buildings. 

Bridge presents reform demands for agriculture, environment, energy

As for reform demands in the sector of energy, Bridge wants a new energy strategy with implementing documents to be made in the first quarter of next year to make energy serve the economy.

Croatian president to attend Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul

The summit, whose theme is "Building Stability and Business Resilience in Volatile Times," will bring together nearly 600 participants from more than 40 countries,