June 23, 2009
Regarding ‘EU leaders warned about emerging ‘major’ gas crisis‘:
As the threat of another potential gas crisis looms, AEGPL, the European LPG Association, would like to highlight the availability and suitability of LPG as a back-up alternative, particularly in industrial installations.
Not all back-up fuels are created equal. LPG, as a clean-burning gaseous fuel with highly flexible supply routes, is a particularly suitable substitute for natural gas in the event of a supply crisis.
Thanks to the physical similarities between natural gas and LPG, a switch-over can be easily and rapidly undertaken. Indeed, certain industrial end-users, both in Europe and abroad, have already opted to establish an on-site reserve of LPG with a view to avoiding the sort of undue disruptions experienced earlier this year.
The EU and its constituent member states could encourage this pro-active approach by providing support in the form of market-based instruments.
Enhanced preparations to confront a gas supply crisis will benefit the EU, its citizens and society at large. LPG can and should be a part of this process.