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Top 5 stories of the week: 17 – 23 November

1. Poland’s geothermal success story on a gateway to Warsaw

The town of Piastow – situated just outside of the Polish capital – is becoming somewhat of an ambassador for geothermal energy development – with its green transition plan based predominately on the Earth’s energy. Looking to hear more about this new geothermal heart of Poland, we sat down with the town’s Mayor earlier this week. Read the full story here. 

2. EU gives a green light to Poland’s new recovery plan

Staying on the topic of Poland, the European Commission announced on Tuesday that it has given a positive assessment of Poland’s modified recovery and resilience plan, which includes a REPowerEU chapter. With necessary approvals, Poland is also set to receive 5.1 billion euros in pre-financing for energy security projects. Read the full story here.

3. Naftogaz discovers new gas deposit in the Carpathians

Moving to Ukraine, Naftogaz announced on Friday that Ukrgasvydobuvannya has discovered a “promising new gas” deposit in the Carpathians in a field that was considered exhausted. Tests of an exploratory well produced a gas flow rate of more than 200,000 m3 per day – the highest UGV indicator for deposits in western Ukraine in the last 20 years. Read the full story here. 

4. Serbia finds a new gas supplier

On Wednesday, Serbia’s Mining and Energy Ministry reported that SOCAR and Srbijagas have signed a contract for the delivery of up to 400 million cubic metres of gas from Azerbaijan by the end of next year – making it Serbia’s first order of natural gas from Azerbaijan. Read the full story here.

5. Roadblocks in CEE’s green transition

Ending this week’s top 5 list with a perspective on the future, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and Deloitte on Tuesday released their third annual report on the progress in decarbonisation in Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, the report has looked into the role of natural gas in the transition and its sustainable alternatives such as renewable gases and green hydrogen. Read the full story here.

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