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Old 9th April 2014, 17:06
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Qatar ready to replace Russia in European gas market
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Qatar ready to replace Russia in European gas market - Kavkazcenter.com
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With Russia increasing the pressure on Ukraine's faltering economy, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan told parliament the EU would stand in solidarity with Kiev if Russia reduced supplies, making sure Moscow could not increase flows through alternative pipelines to bypass its neighbour.
"Ukraine cannot pay such a political, uneconomic price, so now we are negotiating with the European Union about reverse deliveries into Ukraine," Prodan said.
"We will make gas purchases from reverse flows urgently. On the conditions offered by European gas companies. We plan that they will be Germany's RWE and a French gas company."
Ukraine looks to Europe for gas as Russia ups pressure | Reuters
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Weaning Poland off Russian gas
THOUGH it is still very dependent on Russian gas, Poland is starting to become much better at looking after its energy needs. Last year the country imported 60% of its gas from Russia. As of April 1st Poland can import significantly more gas from Germany, thanks to the expansion of a pumping station at Mallnow on the border. The gas in the Yamal pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Germany (via Belarus and Poland), can, for the first time, be pumped from west to east.
Poland and Russia: Weaning Poland off Russian gas | The Economist
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Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine
he way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.
Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine | Naomi Klein | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Putin Could Stop Selling Gas to Ukraine. Here's Why He Won't
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Putin Could Stop Selling Gas to Ukraine. Here's Why He Won't - Businessweek
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Ukraine Crisis: Putin Says 'Impossible' for Europe to Stop Buying Russian Gas

"We sell gas in European countries which have around 30-35 percent of their gas balance covered by supplies from Russia. Can they stop buying Russian gas? In my opinion it is impossible," he said during a televised Q&A session.
Ukraine Crisis: Putin Says 'Impossible' for Europe to Stop Buying Russian Gas
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Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
Among investors' chief concerns are that the U.S. and European Union might escalate their sanctions against Russia to affect trade, particularly in the valuable energy market. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner. It buys more than three-quarters of Russia's crude oil and natural gas exports, which fund about half the government budget.
Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times
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Everyone is looking for their own economic edge. America can reawaken its own sleepy shipbuilding industry. Natural gas can be shipped on American tankers within 5 yrs.

Russian incursion may be opportunity for U.S. mariners
Rep. John Garamendi

The Department of Energy has approved seven liquefied natural gas export applications, and 24 more are pending.

To transport gas via the ocean, the world must rely upon two countries to build these tanker vessels: Japan and South Korea.

Despite being the early pioneer in gas tanker technology, America is no longer on this list. For decades, the federal government and Congress have largely ignored the health of its own shipbuilding industry, especially the capacity to build large oceangoing tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels.

In 1951, we had 1,200 ships in the U.S. foreign trade. Today, we have 90 ships. Obviously, this is not a good trajectory if we are to maintain our heritage as a great maritime nation.

Everyone agrees that the U.S. is the greatest naval power in the world. But our naval superiority may not sustain itself if we fail to make the necessary investments to maintain and enhance our technological edge.
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The other criticism is that it will cost more to use American-built liquefied natural gas tankers than those built in foreign yards and that this cost differential will be an impediment to the growth of the export market.

This argument is about the bottom line of energy companies and not the bottom line of America's shipbuilding industry. Our nation's economic and national security and the well-being of our middle class would benefit from this new source of high-paying jobs, both in the shipyards and in our Merchant Marine.

Opportunities must be seized when they become apparent.

We have allowed other nations to wrest away from the U.S. its former dominance in this strategically vital industry. We must seize the exportation of natural gas as an opportunity to reinvigorate the domestic maritime industry and bolster our national defense.

We are a maritime nation, and we can build liquefied natural gas tankers in America. But in order to do so, we must act now.
Opinion: Russian incursion may be opportunity for U.S. mariners - CNN.com
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Flex Muscle Spending Has Left Putin’s Russia in an Economic Freeze Frame
The Russian leader may have won some accolades for his decisiveness, strength, and overall toughness, but it’s hard to be an assertive global power when yours is the only major economy that’s shrinking.

This a pretty benign time for the global economy. Interest rates are uniformly low. The U.S., China, and Japan—the three largest economies in the world—are all growing. Developing markets in Africa are surging. The European debt crisis seems to have ended. In this climate, one of the only ways to get a recession is to engineer one.
Flex Muscle Spending Has Left Putin’s Russia in an Economic Freeze Frame - The Daily Beast


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