Liquefied natural gas and gas storage (Communication)
The EU Commission wants to facilitate the cross-border use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage facilities in order to complete the internal gas market and increase security of supply. For this purpose, cross-border gas infrastructure will be built and cooperation with third countries improved in order to remove barriers to global trade in LNG. In cep's view, this will increase security of supply for Member States that do not have their own LNG terminals and gas storage facilities.
In addition, the Commission wants to make LNG more attractive as an alternative fuel for shipping and lorries. Although the obligation, supported by the Commission, to develop a network of LNG refuelling stations, enables cross-border transport by LNG-powered lorries and shipping, it risks being a white elephant project.