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Beginning of the Beginning

In the current global energy price environment, it is difficult to see the ocean for the waves. But, the likely confluence of events this month—release of the European Commission’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy on Feb. 16 and the first exports of LNG from the continental United States since the early 1960s—provide an opportune time […]

Categories: Cheniere - Sabine Pass, E.U., Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Global Market

Latvian Minister Addresses LNG Allies

At a breakfast seminar hosted by LNG Allies on Tues. July 14, Latvian Minister for Economic Affairs, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, spoke candidly of Latvia’s tenuously dependent energy position and the need for a full and transparent transition to open energy markets connecting the whole of the European Union (EU). Ms. Reizniece-Ozola, who assumed her cabinet portfolio […]

Categories: Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Latvia

Floating LNG Terminal Arrives with a Splash

As reported in our Oct. 27 newsletter, Lithuania’s floating storage and regasification vessel docked in the Port of Klaipėda on that day and was welcomed by a large crowd of well wishers and dignitaries that included U. S. legislative and executive branch officials and the prime ministers of both Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania’s Baltic neighbors. Sen. […]

Categories: A.S.P., Energy Security, Estonia, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Latvia, Lithuania

LITGAS Inks Initial LNG Deal with Statoil

On Aug. 21, UAB LITGAS (part of Lithuania’s Lietuvos Energija energy group) signed a contract with Norway’s Statoil to supply the minimum volume of LNG necessary to continuously operate Lithuania’s floating storage and regasification unit (“Independence”) that will become fully operational on Jan. 1, 2015, at the Port of Klaipėda on the Baltic Sea. Under […]

Categories: Energy Security, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania

Poland-Lithuania Interconnector Advances

On Aug. 19, the natural gas transmission system operators of Poland (GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.) and Lithuania (AB Amber Grid) submitted joint applications to the European Union for funds to plan, design, and construct the Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL). The 550 km (343 mile) pipeline will run from Warsaw to Vilnius (approximately) and will have an initial […]

Categories: E.U., Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, Poland

How the US Can Help Enhance EU Energy Security

The American Security Project (ASP), in conjunction with LNG Allies, held an event on Wed. July 30: Beyond Rhetoric: How The U.S. Can Help Enhance European Energy Security. The 90 minute session was moderated by ASP’s Andrew Holland and featured a panel of three experts: Robin L. Dunnigan, acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for […]

Categories: American Security Project, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, LNG Allies, Rice University

Important (Really!) Congressional Hearing

For six years (many moons ago), I worked for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who used to joke that: “Congressional activity is an oxymoron, not unlike ‘military intelligence,’ or ‘cafeteria food.’ ” So, you can understand my reticence about putting the words ‘important’ and ‘hearing’ together in the same headline. Nonetheless, for those of […]

Categories: Congress, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Global Market, T.T.I.P., U.S. Senate, Ukraine

Gazprom Halts Gas Shipments to Ukraine

Russia’s OAO Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz have been mud wrestling for months over gas pricing and debt issues. This fight between state-controlled companies has been widely publicized and we won’t regurgitate the details here. The dispute reached a new low today, however, with Gazprom announcing that it had reduced the flow of natural gas into […]

Categories: Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Russia, Ukraine

Russian Gas Book Discussed at Brookings

The Brookings Institution hosted an event to discuss a new book from the Oxford (U. K.) Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) entitled: The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets Are Driving Change. Edited by James Henderson and Simon Pirani, the book is available for £50 through the Oxford website: Click Here. Henderson was joined on the podium […]

Categories: Asia, Brookings, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Russia

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