Russia Overtakes U.S As Biggest Gas Supplier To Europe

Russia overtook US as gas supplier to Europe in May. Rise in market share highlights the impossibility of weaning Europe off Russian energy.

Europe's gas imports from Russia overtook supplies from the US for the first time in almost two years in May, despite the region's efforts to wean itself off Russian fossil fuels since the full scale invasion of Ukraine.

While one-off factors drove the reversal, it highlights the difficulty of further reducing Europe's dependence on gas from Russia, with several eastern European countries still relying on imports from their neighbour.

“It's striking to see the market share of Russian gas and [liquefied natural gas] inch higher in Europe after all we have been through, and all the efforts made to decouple and de-risk energy supply,” said Tom Marzec-Manser, head of gas analytics at consultancy ICIS.

The US overtook Russia as a supplier of gas to Europe in September 2022, and has since 2023 accounted for about a fifth of the region's supply.

But last month, Russian-piped gas and LNG shipments accounted for 15 per cent of total supply to the EU, UK, Switzerland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia, overtaking the U.S according to data from ICIS.

Last updated on July 24th, 2024 at 06:54 am

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