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Russian gas still coming in through Welsh port

05 Mar 2022 3 minute read
Milford Haven waterway viewed from Dale. Picture by David Merrett (CC BY 2.0)

Russian gas is still coming into the UK through the Milford Haven port in Wales.

Shipping data on Friday showed that the Shell-owned Pearl liquid natural gas tanker was moored at the Dragon LNG terminal in Wales.

It means that Russian gas will be carried through the LNG pipeline that runs under the south of Wales and to homes across the rest of the UK over the next few days.

Despite banning other Russian ships the UK Government is yet to ban Russian cargo ships, amid fears about the impact on energy bills that are already at a record high.

Unison head of energy Matt Lay said that British shipping sanctions would be a “hollow gesture” if the UK did not also ban Russian cargoes.

“The government must act immediately to stop Russian goods continuing to arrive in the UK under the cover of another country,” he said in a statement.

A Shell spokesman said: “We are appalled by the war in Ukraine. But we also recognise that millions of European homes and businesses rely on Russian gas for heating, cooking and power generation.

“Russia meets nearly a third of Europe’s gas needs. Abruptly cutting off such an important source of gas could have serious consequences for many homes and businesses.”

Household energy bills were already due to rise by 54 per cent to almost £2,000 a year from April, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and could rise further to £3,000 a year, analysts have said.

‘Banned’

A Russian cargo ship carrying diesel was turned away from the same Welsh port during the week.

The vessel, called the ‘Louie’, was scheduled to dock in Milford Haven yesterday, but has been diverted to Belgium because of confusion about the UK Government’s sanctions on Russia.

The tanker had already changed course twice during its voyage from port of Primorsk, in the Russia.

On Tuesday, it was diverted to Antwerp, Belgium, due to widespread confusions about sanctions, after being originally scheduled to offload its cargo of diesel at the Puma Energy terminal in Milford Haven yesterday.

It was allowed to go back on course to Milford Haven following consultations, but yesterday morning it was diverted to Belgium once again.

The MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire Stephen Crabb, has written to UK Government transport minister Grant Shapps, requesting immediate action on the extension of sanction legislation.

“The source of the cargo which is being transported on ships has to be included in government sanctions,” he said.

“I want all Russian cargo to be banned from entering Welsh ports.”


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Cynan
Cynan
5 months ago

So because Westminster Schytt the bed on energy prices, Clownshoes’ intoning seriously about sanctions is just yet another lie?
Colour me surprised. Look, this is my surprised face —>🤨

Lionel Schwarz
Lionel Schwarz
5 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

That doesn’t even make sense.

Where does Welsh gas come from?

Cynan
Cynan
5 months ago
Reply to  Lionel Schwarz

Makes perfect sense. You just don’t understand. No such thing as Welsh gas. Not commercially speaking. Now off you scuttle to Google, to try and prove me wrong.

Last edited 5 months ago by Cynan
Lionel Schwarz
Lionel Schwarz
5 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

So the UK Goverment “schyte the bed did it…?”

Well maybe it was on behalf of the 71% of Welsh people who are concerned about energy prices:

https://nation.cymru/news/new-poll-finds-71-of-people-in-wales-are-worried-about-cost-of-living-crisis/

Malcolm rj
Malcolm rj
5 months ago

We are sitting on coal and surounded by gas and oil Who is responsible for the British people being in fuel poverty and now having too pay millions of pounds to a country that is murdering the people that are living next to themselves. To me it shows that we are run by total idiot’s they couldn’t run a Chip shop they have left the UK totally Impotent

hdavies15
hdavies15
5 months ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

You are right but this has been a fact for decades. In much the same way as our manufacturing was sacrificed on the altar of globalism so too our energy sourcing has been over exposed to global markets. Then along came a total misinterpretation of the need to go green and we end up paying a green levy to corporates who find sucking money out of governments far more lucrative than developing markets. Almost all of the political and business leaders of this country are party to this corruption.

Lionel Schwarz
Lionel Schwarz
5 months ago
Reply to  Malcolm rj

Surrouneed by gas and oil where?

Cynan
Cynan
5 months ago
Reply to  Lionel Schwarz

Well you are the one who thinks Welsh gas is a thing. You contradict yourself in posts about two inches apart

Mawkernewek
5 months ago

The molecules of methane CH4 and ethane C2H6 do not, as far as present day physics is aware, feel any sense of nationality.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
5 months ago

Minor quibble, the gas does not go to homes “in the rest of the UK”. Most is for gas fired electricity generation and it goes to England and England only.

Lionel Schwarz
Lionel Schwarz
5 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

There are gas fired power stations in Baglan Bay, PembrokeB and Connah’s Quay

Whicg ethical source does Wales get its gas from?

Mr Brown
Mr Brown
5 months ago
Reply to  Lionel Schwarz

Stop it with logical arguments this is not the place for such nonsense.

Cynan
Cynan
5 months ago
Reply to  Mr Brown

That’s low trolling. Using two separate accounts to agree with yourself.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
5 months ago

Disgraceful!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

This looks like another Boris Johnson & Conservative scandal added to the vast list of corruption, nepotism and underhand dealings

They talk tough to the press & media about Russian sanctions etc.. but it’s all crocodile tears as in reality are lying through their teeth, not only to hide the fact that Russian gas is still being piped into England via West Wales, but protecting the anonymity & money of the Russian Oligarchs who bankroll their Conservative party that reside in the world largest laundrette called London.

Gareth
Gareth
5 months ago

And while gas from Putins Russia is piped into England, a Tory MP tweets to the fleeing victims of war, they can apply for a seasonal worker Visa to enter the UK. What a caring and selfless group the Tory party are, Tory voters must be so proud of what they have enabled.

Mark
Mark
5 months ago

Is the UK government talking to the US about gas supply, I’m sure they’d jump at the chance to stitch us up after all we do have a “special relationship” and then nordstream 1 or whatever its called could be turned off, . How much is the west paying Russia per day for gas, I’ve heard its quite a few million , so much for sanctions, food security would be another concern if new Zealand and Australia didn’t have that in hand, hey ho

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