A Romanian national flag hanging on a drilling equipment at the first gas shale exploring site in Pungesti.

Reducing reliance on Russian gas

A Steady Flow of Gas

July 2014, Number 05.03

“Ukraine once possessed some of Europe’s richest deposits of exploitable natural gas. The Galician gas and oil fields, first discovered during Austro-Hungarian administration in the 19th century, made the region an energy pioneer. The first commercially successful kerosene lamp was invented in Lviv, and that western Ukrainian city was among the first to be illuminated by gas street lighting. Though Ukrainian fields still pumped huge quantities of gas as late as the 1980s, domestic production has since been superseded by foreign competitors, most notably Russian state-controlled gas producer Gazprom.

A nagging sense of energy insecurity in Europe, exemplified by the gas pipeline interruptions instigated by Russian suppliers in the winter of 2009, has left countries such as Ukraine searching for alternatives. Reinvigorating Ukraine’s gas industry through a combination of conventional and unconventional drilling is one prong of the strategy that would leave Europe better able to fend for its own energy needs...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “A Steady Flow of Gas,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 3, 2014: 56-59.

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