The United States is in talks with energy producers around the world

The United States is in talks with energy producers around the world

The United States is currently engaged in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies around the world on a possible reorientation of deliveries to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, senior Biden officials were quoted as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.

In this regard, officials did not mention the specific countries or companies they talked to to ensure a continuous flow of energy in Europe for the rest of the winter, but said they included a wide range of suppliers, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) sellers. .

Reuters reported earlier this month that State Department officials were discussing emergency plans with energy companies to ensure a stable supply in Europe in the event of a Russia-Ukraine conflict disrupting Russia’s supply.

“We have been working to identify additional volumes of non-Russian natural gas from various parts of the world, from North Africa and the Middle East to Asia and the United States,” a senior government official said on condition of anonymity.

“Accordingly, we are in talks with major gas producers around the world to understand their ability and desire to temporarily increase gas production and allocate these volumes to European buyers,” the official said.

The White House plan is complicated by the fact that global LNG producers are already producing as much as they can. Reuters wrote that the producers contacted told US government officials that global gas reserves were low and that there were few available to replace large volumes in Russia.

In the context of the numbers, Russia has deployed about 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine, surrounding it from the north, east and south, raising concerns in the west that Moscow is preparing for a new military assault following its 2014 invasion of Crimea.

However, the Russian government denies that it is planning an invasion, and Moscow cited the Western response as proof that Russia is the target, not the instigator of the aggression. The European Union depends on Russia for about a third of its gas supply. Any interruption in Russia’s gas supplies to Europe would exacerbate the existing energy crisis caused by insufficient supply.

At the same time, record energy prices have led to rising energy bills for consumers as well as business costs and sparked protests in some countries. Russia normally supplies 40 billion cubic meters of gas a year to Europe through Ukraine, a senior government official said, adding that the country has already halved deliveries on the route.

In his view, “To ensure that Europe can get through the winter and spring, we expect to be prepared to provide alternative deliveries that cover a significant majority of the potential deficit,” he said.

So the key to ensuring supply was also to identify the locations where the deficit would be, the official said. “Europe’s story is to make sure you have access to the right locations in Europe that would be most affected by the supply disruption in Russia and where stocks are lower than elsewhere in Europe.”