Remarkable increase in Spanish imports of liquified natural gas from Russia in the context of the REPowerEU plan
Question for written answer E-002698/2022
to the Commission
Antoni Comín i Oliveres (NI), Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI)
The gas network operator Enagás recently stated that Russia has replaced Algeria as Spain’s second largest supplier of natural gas. According to the data supplied by Enagás, Spain imported 24.4 % of its gas supplies from Russia in June 2022.
Liquefied natural gas imported from Russia in June amounted to 8.752 GWh, which represents a 32.9 % increase from the same month in 2021 and an increase of 166.1 % from the previous month.
The Commission published its REPowerEU plan in May 2022, in which it sets out a series of measures to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels while strengthening the EU energy system through diversification, savings and an accelerated transition to renewable energy sources. In its communication, the Commission acknowledges that the high amounts paid by the EU for Russian fossil fuels – almost EUR 100 billion per year – are helping Russia sustain its war against Ukraine.
- 1.Is the Commission aware of the increase in Spanish gas imports from Russia?
- 2.Does it consider that Spain is complying with the guidelines outlined in the REPowerEU plan?
- 3.What measures is it considering to ensure that Spain takes the necessary action to prevent Spanish gas importers from increasing their purchases of Russian liquefied natural gas?