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Pierre Andurand: Europe Can Replace Large Part Of Russian Gas With LNG

  • Renowned oil and gas trader Pierre Andurand says that Europe can replace a large part of Russian natural gas with LNG.
  • At the current pace of Europe’s liquefied natural gas imports, LNG supply corresponds to about two-thirds of lost Russian supply, Andurand said.
  • Countries across Europe are looking to charter floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) for LNG imports to secure gas supply for the next few winters.

Europe has been importing record volumes of LNG this year to replace pipeline gas from Russia, and LNG supply will go a long way in ensuring most of the lost Russian supply is replaced, popular hedge fund manager Pierre Andurand told Bloomberg’s Odd Lots podcast.

At the current pace of Europe’s liquefied natural gas imports, LNG supply corresponds to about two-thirds of lost Russian supply, Andurand said.

Moreover, the hedge fund manager added that Europe is adding more import capacity to welcome more LNG cargoes this winter.

Countries across Europe are looking to charter floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) for LNG imports to secure gas supply for the next few winters until the EU makes meaningful progress in cutting gas consumption through energy efficiency measures and boosting hydrogen and renewable gas use. In the Netherlands, gas provider Gasunie is building a floating LNG terminal in Eemshaven in the Groningen area, and this terminal is expected to be operating at full capacity by late November or early December. Germany, for its part, has already chartered five FSRUs since May, with two of those, at Wilhelmshaven and at Brunsbüttel, expected to begin operations as early as the end of this year. 

Import capacity in Europe would not be an issue. The issue will be how much LNG Europe can procure for itself, considering that it is competing with countries that have long-term LNG supply contracts, Andurand told the Bloomberg podcast. 

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While LNG supply will replace a large part of Russian gas, it will not replace all the Russian gas, so Europe needs a demand response to rebalance the market, Andurand said. This is already evident with industry switching to oil from gas, and gas demand from the industry has already declined because of that switch. 

“We will lose some natural gas demand worldwide due to very high natural gas prices,” Andurand said.  

He added that demand responses include households turning down the thermostat to 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 F) from 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 F).

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on September 26 2022 said:
    That depends on defining what large part of Russian piped gas and LNG amounts to.

    In normal circumstances, Russian piped gas and LNG supplies amount to 221 billion cubic metres (bcm) annually.

    The maximum LNG volumes that both the United States and Qatar could supply the EU amounts to 30 bcm with Algeria supplying an estimated 10-15 bcm. Add 10 bcm from other producers and the total figure amounts to only 50-55 bcm or 23%-25% of Russian annual gas and LNG supplies in normal circumstances.

    No one single producer of LNG or a group of producers can totally replace Russia gas supplies to the EU now or in 20 years from now.

    And while the EU still lacks enough LNG Import terminals and storage space, it was mainly shortages of LNG supplies in the market that limited its imports.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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