CEEP in Washington, D.C.: Central Europe ready for a gas partnership with the United States

The United States can support Europe, especially Central Europe, by influencing its energy security policy. When it comes to the EU-11’s gas dependency on one supplier, the trade role that the US can play will be an integral part of a better and fairer world. This was argued by Marcin Bodio, the CEO of CEEP, at the 3rd Transatlantic Energy Conference, that took place on April the 4th, 2016, in Washington, D.C. This conference edition focused on the theme: ‘American gas for Europe’. In his well-received speech, Mr. Bodio broadly covered the topic of LNG, as well as touching upon such areas as the EU’s proposed Energy Union, the TTIP, and the crucial North–South Corridor. He also looked at how gas markets are developing globally, including Gazprom’s response to the ongoing changes. The EU-11’s gas dependency on one supplier was also highlighted, whilst all of these topics were underpinned by the subject of energy security. “This is something of a European fixation, but a vitally important one. As energy is the universal cornerstone of our civilisation, Europe is, and will remain in the foreseeable future, a net importer of energy, one of the biggest in the world. Europe has always been concerned with energy and energy security policy, and has constantly been in search of new sources of energy, to fuel the growth and well-being of its societies. So, as the US has a lot to offer Europe, in that respect, it comes as no surprise that energy and the security of energy supply have been subjects of the transatlantic debate for a long time,” Mr. Bodio proclaimed. It [...]
Continuing International Interest in U.S. LNG Exports

Continuing International Interest in U.S. LNG Exports

Ambassadors from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Polish Embassy, recently explained why their nations continue to be supportive of measures that would expedite U. S. LNG exports. Fred H. Hutchison, Executive Director, LNG Allies, gathered their statements, for the benefit of the CEEP Report. Ambassador Petr Gandalovič, the Czech Republic: The United States has just taken an important step with regard to energy markets. On the 18th of December, the U.S. crude oil export ban was lifted, which should help improve global markets over the long-term. The same applies to LNG. We welcome new, independent sources on the market —especially those not governed by political, but rather business priorities. The Czech Republic has experienced many situations, where we realised that it was not only important to diversify pipelines and routes of distribution, but also sources themselves. This applies to the situation of LNG from the United States. “We fully support the bill that is currently in the Senate, and that’s not a new position for us. I would remind you that the V-4 [Visegrád-4] countries sent a letter to the congressional leadership, two years ago, supporting the first attempts to liberalise U.S. LNG exports. So, this is our consistent policy, and I am happy to confirm that this policy priority continues”. Ambassador Andris Razāns, Latvia: Latvia is one of those countries in the Baltic region, that until now, has been fully dependent upon Russian gas. Of course, things are changing, and this is an extremely important year for my country. We are very close to creating very clear [...]