The head of Russia's gas giant Gazprom has cast further doubt on the feasibility of a plan for the European Union to help modernise Ukraine's aging pipeline infrastructure without Russian input, adding that European utilities held the same view.
Workers at the GDF-Suez gas terminal of Fos-sur-Mer, near the southern French city of Marseille, went on strike on Wednesday night in protest against stock options awarded to two of the group's executives.
The global recession has brought its loads of devastating effects. Some companies manage to buck the trend. Among them, GDF Suez. Raphael Kahane met Gerard Mestrallet, the head of the European leader of energy and gas network.
The European Union said it was very concerned about Russia's warning that it could again halt gas deliveries to Ukraine -- and possibly to Europe -- over a payment dispute, adding that the two countries' "credibility" would be affected.
FRANCE 24's Raphael Kahane met Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of the French oil company Total, to discuss the future of energy prices and the impact of the global crisis on the company's investment projects.
Slovakia has decided not to relaunch its Soviet-type nuclear reactor, the country's economy minister said. The two-week gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine made Slovakia consider reactivating the reactor, shut down since 2004.