Gazprom exports 31% less gas until June to countries outside the CIS

This content was published on Jul 1, 2022 – 14:46

Moscow, July 1 (EFE). Russian gas giant Gazprom exported 31% less gas between January and June than in the same period in 2021 to countries not belonging to the Post-Soviet Community of Independent States (CIS), including European countries. .

Specifically, exports to this segment of customers outside the orbit of the former Soviet Union decreased by 31 thousand million cubic meters in the first half, reaching 68,900 million cubic meters, according to Gazprom’s statement.

In the case of China, gas supplies increased 63.4% between January and June.

Gazprom notes that global gas consumption in the first six months of the year, according to the first preliminary assessment, decreased by 24 billion cubic meters compared to the same period last year.

In the 27 countries of the European Union, gas consumption decreased by 27 thousand million cubic meters.

Gazprom argues that “low demand for gas in the European Union was a major factor behind the decline in global consumption”.

According to Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), gas reserves in underground storage facilities in Europe were replenished by 31.9 billion cubic meters as of June 29.

Companies will need to pump another 40.5 billion cubic meters of gas into the facilities to raise them to levels seen at the start of the 2019-2020 withdrawal period, Gazprom notes.

Gazprom, which produced 238.4 billion cubic meters, 8.6% less between January and June, cut gas from the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria and Finland between April and May, as well as companies from ├śrsted, Denmark’s main energy group, and Shell Energy Europe, which supplies Germany with gas. for refusing to pay in rubles.

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It also reduced fuel supplies to Europe via Ukraine by about 30% in early May, due to the Ukrainian side’s refusal to allow fuel to pass through the Sukhranovka station.

It later cut supplies via the Nord Stream pipeline, which brings Russian gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, by 60%, citing problems with turbine repair due to Western sanctions.

There has also been a decrease in Russian gas supplies in Austria, France, Italy and Slovakia. EFE

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