The heat of summer is still weeks away but Europe is already bracing for a difficult winter marked by volatile gas prices and potential shortages as it scrambles to find alternatives to Russian gas imports.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is forcing the European Union to diversify its energy much faster than its members probably would have liked — especially countries such as Germany and Italy, which have relied heavily on Russian natural gas imports to fill domestic demand.

Liquefied natural gas has been flagged as a relatively quick way to help replenish Europe’s gas storage network, which was squeezed by Russia in the build-up to the invasion.