Monday, September 21, 2020

"Germany Offered to Build LNG Terminals to Avert US Pipeline Sanctions"

From Maritime Logistics Professional, September 16:
Berlin offered to spend 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to build two liquid natural gas terminals in a bid to dissuade the United States from imposing sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, due to bring gas directly from Russia to Germany, Die Zeit reported on Wednesday.

The weekly paper said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz made the proposal in an Aug. 7 letter before Washington imposed sanctions on companies involved in building the Baltic Sea pipeline, effectively freezing its construction.

A spokesman for the German finance ministry said he could not comment on individual reports.
The United States and many European countries bitterly oppose the pipeline, which they say will increase Europe's reliance on Russian gas and deprive transit states such as Poland and Ukraine of leverage over the giant country to their east.

The United States, rich in domestic energy as a result of soaring shale gas production, is also keen to expand its energy exports, including to Germany, whose industrial might is heavily dependent on energy it imports mainly from Russia.

German ministers including Scholz have said this was the motivation for Washington's opposition to the pipeline....

September 15 
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September 13 
"6 ways Germany could kill the Nord Stream 2 pipeline"
September 6 
"German Defence Minister Says Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Depend on Russia's Steps Regarding Navalny Case"