‘Freedom gas’: US opens LNG floodgates to Europe

US energy secretary Rick Perry will sign two export orders for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Brussels today (2 May), in a move officials said will double America’s export capacity to Europe to 112 billion cubic meters per year as of 2020.

Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, “the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent,” said Rick Perry, the US energy secretary.

“And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas,” he told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (1 May).

“So yes, I think you may be correct in your observation,” he said in reply to EURACTIV, who asked whether “freedom gas” would be a fair way of describing US LNG exports to Europe.

Perry is in Brussels to sign an LNG export order “with a couple of companies” on the sidelines of the first EU-US high-level business forum on energy, hosted by the European Commission on Thursday (2 May).

“So that’s a big deal,” Perry told a small group of journalists invited to a briefing. “The opportunity for Europe to have a very substantial supportive alternative to Russian gas is on display here,” he said.


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