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Gas Supply Security in the Baltic States: A
Qualitative Assessment
EPRG Working Paper 1008
Sachi Findlater and Pierre NoŽl
Energy security has been moving up the European policy agenda over the last
decade, recently becoming a prominent theme of the European political debate. This
has been driven largely, though not entirely, by the rise in concern about the security
of natural gas supply to Europe, particularly supplies from Russia.
A number of attempts have been made at creating indices which are capable of
quantifying the level of supply security that any given country enjoys. However,
without a detailed, qualitative understanding of a country, determining its level of
security is a virtually impossible. The specific gas supply set up, the structure of gas
consumption and, in particular, policies in place designed to mitigate the effects of a
disruption are key contributors to the level of security that any country enjoys.
This paper assesses the security of supply of each of the three Baltic States using
this type of qualitative assessment. Consideration of their gas supply set ups
provides insights into the types of disruption risks that each country faces and the
seasonality of these risks. Analysis of policies also highlights the significant


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