Buyers of fuel sure you’re not breaking the law
Despite the new expansion of sanctions against Russian energy companies, which the US Treasury announced Friday that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) Russian origin this weekend will be delivered in the United States.
As confirmed by a representative of the U.S. coast guard Luc Pinneo, Gazelys tanker, owned by the French company Engie entered the territorial waters of the United States on Wednesday and at the moment is anchored in Massachusetts Bay.
“They plan to start unloading this weekend,” he said, adding that the gas is discharged at the LNG Everett LNG terminal North of Boston.
The cargo owner is frantsuzskaya Engie, whose representatives do not deny that on Board the tanker is including liquefied gas produced at the Yamal LNG, a majority of whose shares belongs to the company NOVATEK.
The Russian company in 2014 is in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury, and American citizens are allowed to carry on with her any business. However, the purchase of gas became possible due to the fact that CNG was bought from the Russian side of the British branch of the Malaysian trader Petronas — Petronas LNG UK Limited, and then sold to the French Engie.
Supply of liquefied natural gas in the U.S. due to prolonged cold weather on the East coast of the country. Because of this, the price of LNG for the first time in 2014 has increased to 6.3 thousand dollars for 1 thousand. CBM
The American company Mystic Power Generation, acted as a buyer of gas, said that before signing the deal has consulted with the U.S. Treasury.
“We received information (from the seller) that on Board the tanker gas is a mixture from several sources, and passed this information to the authorities, – said the representative of the company Julie Vitek. – I don’t think the presence of Russian gas have caused them concern.”
The Ministry of Finance refused to comment on the delivery of Russian gas to the United States.