Russia struggles to reroute gas exports

That is the general problem with pipelines. Once they are in the ground, they cannot be rerouted. Also, once such a line is interrupted, it’s often pretty hard to fix. LNG is much, much more flexible. Take out one ship, the next one takes its place. Also, terminals are much easier to secure than 1000s of km of steel pipe. And there is also the matter of economics. Yes, I know. Most people seem to believe that LNG is always more expensive than pipeline gas. But nothing could be further from the truth. LNG just delivers into higher price markets and that’s what drives sales prices. Not production and transport costs. 

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