Unfriendly countries use rubles to buy Russian natural gas, CNPC: no notification received

Russia, a major energy country, announced that “unfriendly countries” need rubles to buy natural gas. The outside world is concerned about whether the gas supply to Taiwan will be affected. CNPC pointed out that the contract with Russia expires in March, and the last shipment of natural gas is bound for Taiwan.

In addition, the toll of the Suez Canal, the lifeline of global crude oil transportation, will increase, and the shipping price may be further pushed up. CNPC said that most of Taiwan’s energy imports pass through the Strait of Hormuz, so there is no impact.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on the 24th that when “unfriendly countries” buy Russian natural gas, they will switch to paying in Russian rubles. Since Taiwan is on the list of unfriendly countries and regions, nearly 10% of imported natural gas came from Russia last year, and the outside world is concerned about Taiwan’s gas supply. Is it disturbed.

CNPC spokesman Zhang Ruizong told the “Central News Agency” that the CNPC-Russian natural gas contract expired in March, and now only the last ship in March is left to be delivered, which has been loaded and is heading to Taiwan, and the progress is as usual; Paid in U.S. dollars, so far no change notification.

As for alternative sources of supply, Zhang Ruizong said that the inventory has been planned at the beginning of the year, and the natural gas period accounts for about 70%. As of May, the shipping schedule of the spot has been set. “There is no problem with stable supply this year.”

On the other hand, Egypt announced an increase in tolls for the Suez Canal by up to 10%, which is expected to take effect from May 1; domestic transporters admitted that shipping companies did inform that freight rates would rise. In this regard, Zhang Ruizong said that crude oil from the Middle East is mostly transported to Europe through the Suez Canal, and most of the crude oil to be transported to Asian countries passes through the Strait of Hormuz. In other words, this will not have a cost impact on the import of CNPC crude oil and natural gas.

The Strait of Hormuz is a strait connecting the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, and it is also the only waterway that enters the Persian Gulf. The north shore of the strait is Iran; one-third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and nearly 20% of the world’s oil will pass through here, making it a hub for international trade. important strategic location.

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