Skip to comments.Central Europeans want U.S. gas to cut dependence on Russia
Posted on 03/10/2014 12:20:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Four central European countries have asked the U.S. Congress to make it easier for them to import natural gas from the United States and reduce their dependence on supplies from Russia, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
The Visegrad 4 group including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia is looking to diversify supplies to eliminate the danger Russia could use its control of gas and oil flows to exert political pressure on the former Soviet satellite states.
Supplies were briefly disrupted in 2009 during a dispute between Russia and Ukraine, through which much of the Russian gas is piped, and central Europeans fear they could be under threat again due to an escalation of tensions between Russia and the West over Russias seizure of Crimea.
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The only smart move I’m seeing these days.
Another glittering policy achievement of the idiot in the white house and his political party.
We can’t. Natural gas extraction hurts the environment and and contributes to climate change warming smarming!
Are we going to build a pipeline to Europe? I don’t think it can be done using ships.
The chances of being able to transport NG to Europe at any amount greater than 1/3rd of 1% of their needs is fantasy. I seriously doubt the physics and the costs can be overcome.
What a good enterprising US company should do is to offer to bring a several fracking rigs and poke some holes on spec until they find some damn natty in exchange for some decent royalty. That would be a titanic jackpot if they hit, that would be a home run for a T. Boone Pickens type. I don’t know what NG sells for in Europe, but it’s probably safe to say that it’s nearly double what it sells for here.
Japan has been running on imported oil for a century. What would be different in supplying a significant portion of central Europe?
Agreed, but screw ‘em. Germany got scared and closed their Nukes after the Japan quake, now they’re desperate for Natural Gas.
If we had all the pipelines and LNG port facilities that Obastard has been slow-walking, it would be another story, but the fact of the matter is we couldn’t deliver if we wanted to. All part of the Soros/Buffett plan.
It would be good if we could do this, and if natural gas really ramps up here it would be even better to give the western Europeans an alternative to buying from the Russians.
Oil vs gas. I think I get it.
They’re desperate for coal, too. Ironic what with their big enviro-wacko movement.
All the more reason to expect it won’t happen, IMO.
The Europeans will have to lean harder on our resident and maybe even put up some cash for the infrastructure to get the gas to market.
The Canadians are paying to build a new bridge over the Detroit river because they need it. However Obama is holding things up on our end by refusing to release funds for preparing our side of the river.
US price for gas is $3 to $4 per thousand cubic feet. Europe is around $12, Japan around $16.
It can. One large LNG carrier can transport +100 million cubic meters of natural gas. If you mean LNG terminals, there’s not enough of them but the Polish one should become operational late this year. OK it wouldn’t be possible to supply all the gas imported to Europe using ships but that’s not the point, the point is to import it at a small scale and increase the volume if Russians start making problems. In the long term Russians can’t block export of their own resources, they have not much else to sell but in the short term they may shut it down and cause huge problems for European economy and that fact alone is keeping Europe in check. At the moment there’s a ban on export of US natural gas.
Have we got a pipeline that can handle that?
What would happen if a 777 loaded with explosives collided with one of those while it was in port?
Would the gas contribute to the force of the explosion(s)?
Obama will be happy to buy a few billion unicorns with our tax dollars and give them to Europe.
Eco freaks in Europe are largely funded by Gazprom/Kremlin to keep Europe dependent on Russian NG, it’s the same with shale gas, they nearly succeed in putting a ban on fracking across the whole EU.