The Lithuanians are building a floating gas terminal so that they can import gas from anywhere in the world... big things are afoot in the world of energy security... the use of renewables and energy efficiency to displace fossil fuels could offer an increasingly important source of energy security. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27239734
And if the conflict intensifies to the point where heavy weapons might conceivably be deployed, would pipelines laden with gas have to be shut down for safety? Ukraine is, after all, the world's largest transit country for gas supplies. These are among the scenarios - some more plausible than others - seizing minds as the rhetoric between the Western powers and Russia becomes more strident. One line of thought is that both sides have far too much to lose to involve something so vital as energy in the dispute making so all these fears overblown. After all, gas is one of Russia's most valuable exports and western Europe enjoyed smooth flows of it even in the worst of the Cold War years when the East-West conflict was far more fundamental. But, even though it is only late spring, a surprising number of figures in the field have cast an anxious eye ahead to the danger of gas stocks running low this winter. So why are western countries not immediately trying to wean themselves off Russia's gas? The short answer is that they are trying to - and will discuss ideas at a meeting of G7 energy ministers this weekend. For Ukraine itself, the quickest option is to buy gas from western suppliers rather than from Russia - and several pipelines have been modified for so-called "reverse flows".