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Nord Stream blasts redraw the global gas trading map

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World Pipelines,

On 26 September several underwater blasts hit both stems of the Nord Stream gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany, emitting record levels of methane for the oil and gas sector. As the methane emissions subside, the blasts have redrawn the global gas trading map, according to climate data company Kayrros.

Nord Stream blasts redraw the global gas trading map

Kayrros is a climate data company and the world-leader in Earth Observation technology. Using satellites including the European Space Agency’s Sentinel, Kayrros measures – in near real-time – greenhouse gases, biomass and commodities.

One of the less commented upon effects of the Nord Stream blasts will be to make the recent European thirst for US LNG more permanent. The damage inflicted on the pipeline may durably redraw the global gas trading map by structurally reducing Russia’s gas export capacity to the west.

European imports of US LNG surged in early 2022, spurred by tight European gas balances and reduced Russian shipments, and have since remained elevated as Russia has steadily deepened its export cuts, culminating with the full Nord Stream closure since late August.

With Russia’s gas export capacity to Europe now badly hit, US gas exporters can expect Europe to remain a US gas magnet for a lot longer.

Asia’s LNG imports, by contrast, fell to a multi-year low last week. Likely factors include strong competition from Europe buyers pushing the prices up, economic headwinds in China, and seasonal holidays.

Image: Europe LNG imports history from the US.

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