Liberation Of Europe From Gazprom Due To Nat Gas Exports Is Nonsense, Cheniere CEO

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Despite the ongoing propoganda machine's push for a bailout plan to 'liberate Europe from Gazprom's claws', The FT reports that the head of Cheniere Energy, which is due to become the US’s first new natural gas exporter next year, said the ability of US energy to save Europe from its dependence on Russian supplies had been overstated. Simply put, as Putin knows all too well (but Obama and his merry men in the mainstream media seem destined to perpetuate), Cheniere's CEO blasts "It’s flattering to be talked about like this, but it’s all nonsense. It’s so much nonsense that I can’t believe anybody really believes it."


As The FT reports,

Charif Souki, Cheniere’s chief executive, said that the idea of his company’s exports alone liberating Europe from Russia’s Gazprom was “nonsense” and that only six to eight of 20-plus proposed rival export projects were “real”.




The east-west stand-off over Ukraine has sparked a political debate over whether the US should loosen its energy export restrictions so Europeans can buy liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from America’s shale energy boom.


Asked if Cheniere’s terminal could rescue eastern European countries from their dependence on Russia, Mr Souki said: “It’s flattering to be talked about like this, but it’s all nonsense. It’s so much nonsense that I can’t believe anybody really believes it.”

The US is working to increase the number of trade agreements to enable any LNG exports but...

Mr Souki said the only ones he considered to be real were the six to eight that had started a separate process – which he said entailed $100m in costs – of gaining permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or Ferc, which assesses environmental and safety standards.


“Until somebody tells me they’re willing to spend $100m, I don’t consider them real,” he said.

And that's not happening anytime soon in a cash strapped and bureaucratically constrained Europe. Furthermore,  prices are likely to rise because not even Obam acan mandate where the free market moves its product...

Mr Souki said he had no control over where his customers would sell that LNG. “I’m pretty sure they will be opportunistic and, if they need it for their home market, they will take it for their own markets and, if they don’t need it, it will go somewhere else.”

Or can he.

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:19 | 4647805 Ifigenia
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"Liberation Of Europe From Gazprom" liberation of Europe from empire and zio-banksters make more sense.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:26 | 4647846 Pladizow
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"It’s so much nonsense that I can’t believe anybody really believes it."

He must have never attempted to hold a conversation with an average American!

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:28 | 4647852 BlindMonkey
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Reality is irrelevant when talking in sound bites.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:59 | 4647965 Serfs Up
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Also best to forget that such ""independence"" would only last a few years as US gas is also, demonstrably and obvisouly, finite.

But why let reality intrude on the violent fantasies of the neo-liberal-con crowd?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:22 | 4648048 prains
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wasn't there once a big fat bobble head who said he could feed and arm the 6th army surrounded in Stalingrad by flying in the necessary supplies.


history always repeats itself but few ever really listen to it

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:20 | 4647815 CrashisOptimistic
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Good grab, Tyler.

So this is now Cheniere's guy and ENI's guy both who have said the same thing in a 10 day period.  You can't get gas to Europe for less than $9.  GAZPROM delivers it at $6.  And they will inform all the LNG terminal companies of this just after they have squandered maybe half the construction expense -- to teach them a lesson.

The most dangerous thing in the world of politics is to find yourself believing your own propaganda.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:31 | 4647861 BlindMonkey
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"The most dangerous thing in the world of politics is to find yourself believing your own propaganda."

Prescient. Please consider changing your pseudonym to Cassandra.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:28 | 4648335 Ifigenia
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Cassandra for woman and Laoconte for man

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:37 | 4649357 trader1
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swabian house fraus will go for the best price offer.  full stop.

plus, the kicker is that putin has less blood on his hands than bush ii / obama.

sticking with russia is the only ethical choice at this present moment.  

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:19 | 4647816 LawsofPhysics
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You know that the bombings can't be that far off when the west starts talking about "liberating" anyone...

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:21 | 4647820 Dr. Engali
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Some place high up in the sky is a drone with his name on it.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:26 | 4647844 813kml
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 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:21 | 4647821 AGuy
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IRS Audit for Cheniere Energy in 3...2...1

EPA investigation, SEC investigation all to follow as well.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:48 | 4648740 angel_of_joy
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No can do !

These guys are supposed to be Europe's saviors, remember ?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:21 | 4647822 Relentless101
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Trying to bend economics is like bending physics... only in movies.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:25 | 4647841 LawsofPhysics
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Please, the 'laws" of eCONomics can be whatever the high priest Krugman says they are,as for the laws of Nature and physics, not so much.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:34 | 4647867 Relentless101
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So the US can do anything they wish economically with no consequence on the future? That may be true if all the players were tightly colluded, but when the shit hits the fan, everyone will bail and suckle the tit of new "great" power. Economics will always win in the end.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:40 | 4647901 LawsofPhysics
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"So the US can do anything they wish economically with no consequence on the future?" -  Do you think that the U.S.S.A. has the monopoly on useless paper-pushing fucktards with a degree in eCONomics?


Nature bats last motherfucker, the laws of Nature and physics "win in the end".

Some will live and many will die (regardless of their country of origin).

same as it ever was...

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:54 | 4647941 Relentless101
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And economics will choose those some that fucking live. Those who don't have the economic fundamentals will lose and those who do will win. The US can claim whatever it wants, but in the end, just like the fucking .com bubble, it will be weighed for its actual value against other global forces.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:04 | 4647979 LawsofPhysics
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no shit sherlock. Some will have access to the calories required for survival and some won't.  Show me one eCONomics book that mentions calories or joules.


But I digress, who are you, captain obvious?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:57 | 4647957 El Vaquero
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The laws of economics will get bent by the laws of physics, whether we like it or not.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:23 | 4647829 tempo
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Everyone in the industry knows economic frac gas is close to peaking. US total gas production is flat even w all the frac wells since the mature fields are on decline and the piss ant frac wells decline at 30% per year. The best reservoirs have been exploited, only crap is left. Wastewater disposal on frac wells is very dangerous, see the earthquakes in OK as an example. IMO frac gas will be exposed as an overhyped joke.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:23 | 4647831 Stoploss
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US LNG export is a pipe dream at best right now.

Barry still has 2 years left to continue the beatings in the energy sector.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:24 | 4647838 813kml
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In Barry's dreams, he has a much longer hose.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:42 | 4648118 El Vaquero
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Yeah, embedded in his ass.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:24 | 4647833 JailBank
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This can't be true. My very liberal Pro-Obama sister in law tells me that US LNG can just head on over to Europe tomorrow.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:41 | 4647898 BlindMonkey
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Decades ago I used to sit on watch in my submarine thinking about which target I would like to hit most with a Mk-48 heavyweight torpedo. I settled on LNG tankers. I imagine they would freeze the ocean around them first as the cryogenic liquid sprays around it and then explode in a MIGHTY fireball as the gas converts back to it's gaseous state while the ship still burns.

Not that it would make a juicy terror target or anything. NIMBY indeed.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:24 | 4647837 novictim
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Mind Boggling that no contingencies were ever developed given the vulnerability of Europe to Russian natural gas supplies.

Should this be a story pursued by reporters?  Massive defense spending...yet no diversification in resources and alternate energy supplies planned out?

The foundation of a robust military is a robust economy...and the economy runs on energy.  


Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:28 | 4647851 CrashisOptimistic
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You're almost there, guy.  Alllmosttttt.

Suppose.  Just suppose.  Just suppose there are no alternatives.  Suppose there's no extra anywhere else.

In fact, suppose there's not enough.

And never will be.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:57 | 4649001 Iam_Silverman
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" Just suppose there are no alternatives"

No alternatives?  Pshaw!  We got cow farts.  Remember, they are bad enough to have the EPA looking at controlling them through some mindless edict.  Why don't we ship them our flatulent cows?  No compression needed, no costly LNG shipping terminals to build.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:46 | 4647910 BlindMonkey
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Strategic Petroleum Reserve????

Not sure and don't care if Germany has one. The US does so there is that.

Edit: it was intended for exactly the purpose you are thinking of. It was NOT intended to be used as a tool to make very short term manipulations in crude prices as the current dumb-motherfucker-in-chief is doing.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:47 | 4648151 CrashisOptimistic
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650 million barrels.

About a month of US consumption.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:07 | 4648237 paddyirishman
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no need for alternatives if we stopped pissing them off, its no more than been dependent on the middleeast

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:27 | 4647840 Hongcha
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Ahem ... Buy the fucking shares, gentlemen.  OGZPY.  2.23 p/e, divvy between 5-6%, absolute dominance of Europe supply, new K with China and India, newest 'acquisition' in Crimea adding to reserves.  400,000 employees.  This is comparable to getting XOM at $10/share.  Screaming buy of the decade.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:31 | 4647859 LawsofPhysics
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What is their debt-load?  XOM has little debt.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:35 | 4647868 Hongcha
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LawsofPhysics, you got me there.  Gazprom is an arm of the Russian govt. so I'm not sure how much it matters.  The shares could get restricted in the U.S. if our administration is so rash as to do that.  I think that it is greatest risk here.  

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:42 | 4647907 LawsofPhysics
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There is a lot of debt in the Russian private sector.  If Gazprom is a "state-owned" entitiy then their debt is low, the risk is that they may be at the whim of the government and your investment may be subject to confiscation.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:50 | 4647928 Hongcha
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LOP; agreed.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:30 | 4648073 cro_maat
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Which is why we should all get a MyRA and load up on Treasury debt! Nothing like negative real interest rates to set you for retirement.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:47 | 4648152 LawsofPhysics
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What don't people understand about all paper going to zero?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:32 | 4647864 CrashisOptimistic
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You gotta do some more studying Hongdood.

GAZPROM is not a 100% private company.  In fact, the Russian govt is the majority shareholder, and can commnand that shares be sold to other govt entities at a discount.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:42 | 4647906 Hongcha
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Crash, I have not thought for a moment Gazprom was anything but a gas-filled truncheon wielded by Putin.  I am just looking at numbers and cowardly / herded fund managers.  Not much discount or downside at these levels, I reckon.  You pays yer money and takes yer chances.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:37 | 4647885 The Phu
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I'm very nervous about what the Russian government might do in terms of retaliatory sanctions and asset nationalizations.  I would love to buy Russian sovereign debt, but what reasonable assurance do I have that Russia isn't going to simply cancel debts owned by an American?  Couldn't we cancel the Treasuries that the Russian Central Bank owns?  If governments are going to do that to each other, I, the little guy, will the first to get screwed.


I agree with your sentiment... it is a screaming buy... except that it isn't.  Keep stacking, Comrade!!!!

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:49 | 4647919 Hongcha
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The Phu; yes there are delineated risks; and always are.  My shares can go to zero and not change my lifestyle.  But they could go 5x and still be a bargain.  If the US and Russia start cancelling this and that, if they fragment the system further, then it's as good as war.  I am simply betting that is not going to happen.  I am betting Messiah & Co. recognize they have stepped on a flaming bag of shit and just quietly go scrape it off and continue to regale the populace with triviata.  In other words, like with our embarassment over Syria, we move on.  

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:50 | 4647926 BlindMonkey
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As much maneuvering as Russia has done with breaking the petrodollar I would ASSUME that their foreign held debt is looked as as another tool/arms to use against it. Hedge accordingly.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:07 | 4647995 El Vaquero
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I'm not interested in any sovereign debt whatsoever.  I don't like ponzis. 

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:07 | 4649929 StychoKiller
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How does one "cancel" a T-Bill?  Russia can simply exchange their T-Bills for Ferrum from Australia, for example...

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:26 | 4647843 franzpick
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The most dangerous thing in the world of politics will be when GoBom'Em, Valerie and Victoria find out the EU club they have joined is into Bond-Age...

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:27 | 4647848 MFL8240
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Did someone really think the Obama team was going to tell the truth?  I mean, are you people serious??

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:32 | 4647863 Winston Churchill
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Hannity,O'Reilly,Rubio etc etc are spouting the same crap.

Stupidity is an equal oppotunity thing.

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