The United States is also a big country of natural gas "gas shortage" imported Russian natural gas "emergency"
In the face of extremely cold weather, the United States, the major natural gas country, also raged "gas shortage" and had to import Russia's natural gas "emergency."
First imported Russian gas
January 28, Boston received a group of Russian LNG, which is the United States for the first time importing Russian natural gas. Ironically, the gas comes from the Yamal project by U.S. Novartis, a sanctioned object. In response, the United States responded - we are right!
According to reports, the "Gaselys" ship carrying Russian LNG has been docked outside Boston for several days. After many closely scrutinized inspections, it finally reportedly entered the Everett port in Boston, Massachusetts. On January 28, crew members unloaded the entire Gaselys overnight, after which the LNG was converted to gas for sale to gas and electricity companies in the United States.
Originally, "Gaselys" should arrive in the United States on January 20, but suddenly turned to Algeciras Port of Spain on the previous day. A spokesman for the "Gaselys" operator ENERGIE, the French energy giant, explained that due to unfavorable conditions of navigation, the delivery was postponed for eight days and the deviation from the original route was due to bad weather.
The "Gaselys" departed from the terminal at Grain Island, England, in early January. The Mazirui, which had previously carried the first LNG from Yamal, was unloaded at the Grain Island terminal in December last year, causing some of the Russian fuel to mix into the "Gaselys." It is therefore unclear how much Russian LNG is in the Gaselys. This indirect trade was seen by the foreign media as "the first U.S. purchase of Russian natural gas."
Boston News Agency quoted people familiar with the case as saying that the purchase of these LNG plants was due to the bad weather caused by natural gas prices on the east coast of the United States. The cold weather has hit the United States in New England recently, resulting in a serious shortage of supply of both civilian and commercial natural gas.
According to Bloomberg news, another "Provalys" will deliver a second batch of Russian natural gas to New England from the port of Dunkirk, France, and is expected to arrive on February 15.
The sanctions against the Russian enterprises, not for air supply
Extraordinary, special circumstances ... ... Foreign media use such words to describe Russia's first natural gas trade. Delay in delivery for many days, after careful inspection shows both "cautious." General of the US Coast Guard, Jennifer Choy, said: "Due to the special circumstances of the ship, many are concerned about the protection of the security. In the view of the Coast Guard, there is no security issue in the cargo itself."
LNG carried by "Gaselys" comes from the Yamal project that has just been put into operation. Yamal project is located in the Arctic Circle in Russia, is a collection of natural gas and condensate extraction, natural gas processing, LNG manufacturing and sales, shipping as one of the large-scale upstream investment and development projects.
In recent years, the United States has continuously expanded its sanctions on Russia's energy sector. Novozyck, the owner of Yammar LNG project, is also on the sanctions list. It is interesting to note that the United States has responded that the sanctions only target Novo Tek's project investment and not the gas produced by the Yamal project.
James Henderson, head of natural gas research at the Oxford Energy Institute in the UK, said Novartis owned a LNG project that was sanctioned but natural gas produced by the project was not sanctioned by itself.
Carrie, a spokesman for the ENGIE Group, said the deal is in compliance with all U.S. trade laws and does not impose sanctions on LNG or oil from Russia, with the sole focus on financing the Yamal LNG project.
Norwalk, Russia's energy minister, also expressed his readiness. Russia's export of LNG to the United States shows that the global LNG market has taken shape. "I'm not overjoyed or have any special feeling."
Jason, director of commercial intelligence at Poten & Partners, the energy agency in the United States, pointed out that the import of Russian natural gas by the United States shows that the seller is willing to sell and the buyer is willing to buy at the seller's price, and that the trade in benign trade is not affected by the sanctions.
US energy exporter status waver?
Russian media generally pointed out that the import of Russian LNG and the United States energy power status does not match. The Russian newspaper, "Businessmen," wrote: "This is a complete violation of the United States 'energy-led development strategy.' And the United States believes that this is a special case that requires special treatment. The United States is experiencing rare Blizzard and limited weather. Pipeline natural gas can not meet the energy needs of the New England region, thus providing LNG emergency.
Commenting on the media's opinion that the import of Russian LNG appears ridiculous in the U.S. "energy-led" strategy and the status of a major energy exporter, Trump's State of the Union address on January 31 may dispel such doubts. "We've ended the war on fossil fuels and are now proud that the United States has become a source of energy exports to export energy around the world."
The latest report from the US Energy Information Administration shows that for the first time in the United States, the net exporter of natural gas has been in the world since 1957 in 2017, mainly due to the increase of LNG export volume and the increase of natural gas to Mexico via pipeline. And it is estimated that the U.S. natural gas output will increase by 9.3% by 2018 and will increase by 3.2% by 2019. By 2018, the net natural gas exports of the United States will increase to 2.3 billion cubic feet per day by 2019 to 4.6 billion cubic feet by 2019.
The United States has always wanted a piece of the European energy market and plans to liquefy shale gas into LNG to replace Russia's pipeline gas market share in Europe. Since 2016, the United States has exported LNG to many European countries, including Lithuania and Poland. Russia on the one hand felt the competitive pressure from the United States LNG, the greater threat is still Washington's major energy projects in Russia impose sanctions.
Ed Cox, LNG editor at Anchorage, the world's largest provider of information for the petrochemical industry, said the LNG trade in Yamal, Russia, appears to be a synergistic move and is a propaganda campaign by the Russian media. As early as last month, the first LNG shipments to Yamal arrived in the United Kingdom. At that time, the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom published a lot of words provoking the British provocation through social platforms.
Some analysts said that when the first YAMAR LNG arrived in Britain, Russia announced to Europe that it not only has natural gas pipeline but also has LNG export. When these gases arrived in the United States, Russia demonstrated to the world its status as a global natural gas exporter by demonstrating to its rivals its own source of gas. Today Russia television commented that this is a win-win deal. Russia's "reliable source of gas" image enjoys greater popularity on a global scale. For the United States, it does not mind sabotaging its own energy security. After all, "doing business" means that the import of foreign LNG is a viable option compared to soaring gas prices and the soaring demand caused by extremely cold weather.