March 2011, Vol. 238 No. 3

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BENTEK: Libyan Conflict Continues to Shut Down Gas Pipeline Deliveries to Europe

As internal violence continues to destabilize Libya, deliveries of pipeline gas to European markets from that North African nation have ceased altogether. The civil conflict has prevented approximately 468 MCM (16.5 billion cubic feet) of natural gas deliveries to the Italian market since February 23, 2011. Since the cutoff, deliveries of gas from Russia have jumped 6 MCM per day (0.2 Bcf/d) and storage withdrawals have risen 89% compared to withdrawal rates two weeks prior to the Libyan delivery shut-down. “Global natural gas markets are becoming so well connected that a production shut-in in North Africa allows producers from other regions to take Libyan market share i

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