Regulatory and legal challenges from the increased penetration of LNG

Legal Tags: Energy, European Union, Legislation
Photo by David Gibson via Flickr
Photo by David Gibson via Flickr

The route to a successful energy transition requires developing strategies that aim towards the optimization and cost-effective use of energy resources and infrastructure. The significant decrease of natural gas production within the EU, as well as the impending decrease in long-term gas contracts in the coming years, render increasingly important the role of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in a series of issues affecting the natural gas market, among which the crucial issue of security of supply. In particular, LNG imports in Europe reached in 2019 approximately 85 million tonnes, while an increase of more than 10 million tonnes is expected in 2020.

According to the New York Times, LNG imports in Europe in January 2020 have surpassed the respective imports for the same month in 2019. Regardless the overall low utilization of LNG capacity in Europe, continuously increasing demand has contributed to ...

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