Spanish Energy Minister and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Discuss Transatlantic Natural Gas Ties
On November 16-17, 2015, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos organized a high-level conference on “Transatlantic Natural Gas Ties: The U.S., Spain and European Energy Security,” in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was organized in partnership with Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa, and Repsol, with the collaboration of Fundación Rafael del Pino.
This conference took place at a crucial time, as in December, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will leave the United States and enter European and international global gas markets. The United States will be directly contributing to the energy security of the European Union in a new way and Spain’s large gas import infrastructure and industry expertise make it a significant entry point for new U.S. resources.
Senior government officials, private sector representatives, and high- level experts from both sides of the Atlantic discussed the potential for U.S. LNG to help diversify Europe’s energy sources and evaluate the role of Spain at this transformative moment. Speakers included Christopher Smith, assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy; José Manuel Soria, minister of industry, energy, and tourism of Spain; GMF’s Michael Leigh, senior fellow; and Douglas Hengel, senior resident fellow.