WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Sending U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas to Ukraine faces number of obstacles

Over the course of the Ukrainian crisis, some Americans - seeking an option beyond economic sanctions but short of military intervention - have suggested sending U.S. liquefied natural gas to that former Soviet republic.

Far easier said than done.

This is the best article I've seen summarizing the numerous obstacles to sending LNG short-term or even medium-term...

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Posted at 7:10pm on March 11, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:23pm
Difficult, but not impossible. I think we still have enough American exceptionalism in spite of Obama to make it happen.

Wed, Mar 12, 2014 5:45pm
Interesting that we are discussing LNG ships on a day that a gas explosion lifted up two buildings in Harlem, and then dropped them upon themselves. No one has ever seen a LNG ship explode, but calculations put it as an explosion more powerful than the first atomic bombs dropped on Japan.

I'm sure we would have them filling up in Wilmington's Port.

(One side note) That increase quoted in the article is on a figure of 20%. Gas goes up 20% if we sell to Europe. Since a spike in one petroleum industry reflects on all others, that would push gasoline up 20% at today's prices up to $4.25 a gallon.

Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:59am
The problem is not of will, it is of logistics. Even if there were no permits, environmental studies, safety rules, etc., it would still take several years to build a liquefaction facility. By then the market might have changed. Remember a few years ago there was a proposal to build a LNG import facility on the Delaware River. If that had gone ahead, it would be closed now. Of course, when the supply in the US declines as the new fracking zones are depleted, we will be importing again.

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