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Nord Stream Pipeline to be Doubled

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The Austrian oil company OMW has signed a memorandum of understanding that it wants to participate in the construction of two further legs of the existing Nord Stream pipeline Viborg-Greifswald. Additional partners: Royal-Dutch Shell, E-ON and Gazprom (51%).

Extra capacity: 55 billion m3/year.

[org.at] – OMV will bei Gasprom-Pipeline „Nord Stream“ einsteigen
[zeit.de] – Gazprom baut zwei neue Leitungen für Ostseepipeline
[reuters.com] – Russia’s Gazprom to expand Nord Stream gas pipeline with E.ON, Shell, OMV

There is still a little problem though:

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[source] Needs permission from the Americans

Time to go, Angie. This job is not for you. Hand over to Steinmeier or Gabriel, no elections needed.

Güssing, Austria – Fossil Fuel Free

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Güssing, 100 miles south of Vienna, population 4000. In 1988 the annual fossil fuel bill amounted to $8.1 million. The community wanted to keep that money in town and started to look for ways to save energy and replace it with local sources. Answer: biomass, fueling a district heating system and in 1996 covered the entire town and generated electricity as well, all based on an area with 5 km radius. The city’s power plant produces on average 2 megawatts of electricity and 4.5 megawatts of heat, more than enough energy for the town’s needs, while only consuming one-third of the biomass that grows every year. In 2007 the NYT reported about the town, now they have a research institute focusing on ‘thermal and biological gasification and production of second-generation fuels’. Additionally 850 MW worth of solar panels are produced in Güssing, as well as several other photovoltaic and solar thermal companies. The town meanwhile earns $17 million per year due to locally produced renewable energy sales.

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