IEA concerned about Russia’s ability to meet Europe’s gas demands
Published time: 7 Feb, 2007 07:22 Edited time: 7 Feb, 2007 10:22
Russia's gas exports to Europe may soon be unable to meet demand, according to the International Energy Agency's Deputy Executive Director, William Ramsay
Mr Ramsay claims Russia's Gazprom has a shortfall of up to 2 billion cubic metres of gas per year. Although the mild winter and lower demand from CIS states following recent price hikes have largely cancelled out the shortage, he believes Gazprom could struggle to meet its supply commitments if it stays focussed on foreign acquisitions rather than domestic output.He thinks the government's growing control in the energy sector is stalling investment.