What Happened: The United States is in talks with Qatar to supply more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar to Europe to reduce Russian natural gas exports to countries like Germany, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said Jan. 14, Reuters reported.
Why It Matters: The United States is fighting an uphill battle on reducing Russian gas supplies to Europe because of the affordability of Russian natural gas and the lack of adequate LNG infrastructure outside the Baltic states and Poland. Although Qatar is planning to expand its LNG exports, it is prioritizing growing and more lucrative markets in Asia.
Background: The United States opposes Russian natural gas dominance in Europe as Gazprom currently controls roughly one-third of the European market. Washington has threatened to place sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a project that would deliver additional Russian natural gas directly to Germany, bypassing existing routes through Poland and Ukraine.
- U.S. LNG Exports Are About to Reshape the Global Market (Nov. 8, 2018)
- The U.S. Casts a Suspicious Eye on Nord Stream 2 (May 24, 2018)
- A More Assertive Ukraine Returns to Russian Natural Gas (Feb. 12, 2018)