Germany gives E.ON credit guarantees to strike LNG deals - source
* E.ON in talks to buy LNG from Mozambique, Israel, Peru, Tanzania
* Government guarantees key to diversifying from Russian gas
* E.ON to buy 5 mln T a year from Goldboro LNG project
* 1.5 mln T must come to NW Europe under government deal
By Oleg Vukmanovic and Henning Gloystein
MILAN/LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Germany is providing multi-billion-euro financial guarantees to help its biggest utility E.ON strike long-term gas import deals, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the country seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian supply.
Germany meets around 40 percent of its gas demand through imports from Russia, but relations between the two countries have deteriorated since a crisis erupted in Ukraine in February.
Parliamentarians passed a 2 billion euro ($2.7 billion) Untied Loan Guarantee of the Federal Republic of Germany (UFK) for E.ON last year to jump-start development of the Goldboro liquefied natural gas export project on Canada's east coast, the source told Reuters.
Now E.ON is in talks to buy stakes in other LNG export projects in East Africa, South America and the Mediterranean using the government-backed guarantees as a sweetener. Continuación...