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U.S. Admits Finding Non-Russian Gas For Europe Is A Challenge

The White House is dealing with logistical challenges in its efforts to secure alternative natural gas supply to Europe if Russian supply is interrupted in case Russia invades Ukraine, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Administration is in talks with energy companies and major gas-producing countries globally about the potential for a large supply of natural gas to Europe in case Russian deliveries are interrupted. Norway and Qatar, major gas producers and exporters, are among the countries with which the U.S. has been holding discussions about higher supply to European customers, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks told CNN earlier this week.

Russia, which supplies over one-third of the natural gas that Europe consumes, could weaponize gas deliveries if the West imposes sanctions on Moscow over a possible invasion of Ukraine, European allies of the United States fear. In addition, in the event of military action and subsequent energy sanctions against Russia, Europe will be hit the first and the most, including in its gas supply from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, analysts say.

On Tuesday, Press Secretary Psaki said that the United States had been working to identify additional volumes of non-Russian natural gas from North Africa and the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. 

“We’re in discussion with major natural gas producers around the globe to understand their capacity and willingness to temporarily surge natural gas output and to allocate these volumes to European buyers,” Psaki added.

“And we’re also engaging with major buyers and suppliers of LNG to ensure flexibility in existing contracts and storage is managed and enables diversion to Europe,” she said, adding that as of Tuesday, there were no announcements on behalf of gas producers to make.  

On Wednesday, Psaki acknowledged that “no question there are logistical challenges, especially moving natural gas. We know that. That’s part of our discussion with a lot of these companies and countries.”

“But again, these conversations are ongoing and we don’t intend to fail on them,” Psaki said.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Kay Uwe Boehm on January 28 2022 said:
    Not now and not with fracking also in france and FRG in future much gas awaited from mediterian sea countries like italy, spain, greece, cyprus, egypt, israel etc. Last gas price explosion was manipulated also the EU gas storage
    values written lower than in reality but with state reserve still 57 days left now.
    If USA now cold has to less gas they should not export to now relative warm
    EU. China was already reselling gas.

    U.S. natural gas future prices skyrocketed 72% on Thursday on forecasts of colder weather. It was the sharpest one-day climb for the commodity since the contract launched in 1990, CME Group data confirmed. xx hours ago
  • DoRight Deikins on January 27 2022 said:
    Not sure why the US is trying to get NG or LNG for Europe. The last I heard, they were big boys and girls?

    Or is this just political rhetoric? "We really tried to keep you from freezing, but President Putin ..." There is no doubt that Vlad is a master at chess. He has brought the West to the point that brings to mind what my grandma used to say, "Cut your nose off to spite your face."
  • George Doolittle on January 27 2022 said:
    Sounds more like a "worthless money problem" to me.

    Certainly the Netherlands has no shortage of natural gas.

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