Russia ready to build another pipeline & provide Europe with as much gas as it needs
"We have proven reserves, we have transport, we are building new transport routes. If Europe is ready… I do not rule out new gas transportation projects – Nord Stream 3, for example," said Gazprom Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee Aleksandr Medvedev in an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Groningen, the largest gas field in Europe, which is located in the Netherlands, has seen a significant output slowdown, which has resulted in declining European gas production. Gazprom has said it is ready to compensate for the decline with Russian gas.
Gazprom’s exports to Europe amounted to a record high 194.4 billion cubic meters in 2017, an increase of 8.4 percent. The share of Russian gas in the European Union last year increased to 34.7 percent from 33.1 percent in 2016.
Russia has been implementing the Nord Stream 2 project, which intends to double the existing capacity of the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany. Despite the opposition of the Baltic states, some Eastern European countries and the United States, Gazprom has received permission to build the pipeline.
"Of course, there are opportunities for Russia to supply gas and increase the volume of supplies to Europe," the head of the center for the study of global energy markets at the Russian Academy of Sciences Vyacheslav Kulagin told RT.
"The competitiveness of Russian gas is high, especially since 2014, as the ruble has strongly weakened against the dollar and the euro, and the costs of extraction and transportation are still in the Russian rubles," added Kulagin.
Brussels has repeatedly said it wants to cut its dependence on Russian gas by building liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. However, cheaper Russian gas has shelved most LNG projects.
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