The “gas islands” of EuropeSeptember 18, 2012
Fearing a re-emergence of the Russian “energy weapon,” the European Union has been urging its member nations to build adequate infrastructure to ensure adequate supply from diverse sources. After several years, a new report shows that many nations remain vulnerable and lack energy security. The report has not been published, but portions of the report have been seen by EurActiv.com, which has published a summary:
Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as Malta, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal, are on a “gas island” because of insufficient infrastructure connections with the rest of the EU . . .. But perhaps more seriously, dependency on a single gas provider also prevails in countries with a better geographical position, such as Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, the paper says.