“Russia cuts European gas transport by 40% through Ukrainian gas pipelines”

Slovakia gas transport company data… “Gas transport through Poland stopped for 12 days”

(Moscow = Yonhap News) Correspondent Yoo Cheol-jong = Russia is still not resuming gas supply using the ‘Yamal-Europe gas pipeline’ that connects to Germany via Poland. It is also known that gas transportation through the

Russian gas transport system

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Interfax reported on the same day that, citing data from Eustream, a Slovakian gas transport company, requests for gas transport to Slovakia passing through Ukraine have decreased by more than 40%.

The amount requested by the Russian side on the 31st of last month was 83.78 million m3, but on the 1st, it was 49.55 million m3, a decrease of 40.9%.

OGTSU, a Ukrainian gas pipeline operator, said on the 24th of last month that “Gazprom reduced gas transport through Ukraine by 19.5% from 109 million cubic meters per day to 87.7 million cubic meters per day.”

Based on these data, it is understood that Gazprom has been continuously reducing the amount of gas supplied to Europe using the Ukrainian gas pipeline since the end of last month.

According to the 2020-2024 long-term gas transportation contract signed with Ukraine in 2019, Gazprom is expected to transport 40 billion cubic meters of gas annually (about 195 million cubic meters per day) from 2021. In 2020, it was set to transport 65 billion cubic meters (178 million cubic meters per day).

However, Gazprom transported 55.8 billion cubic meters of gas through Ukraine’s gas pipelines in 2020, reducing the transport volume by 37.7 percent compared to 2019, when it shipped 89.6 billion cubic meters.

Subsequently, from January to November 2021, 38.3 billion cubic meters were transported, another 23.6% reduction compared to the same period in 2020 (5.1 billion cubic meters).

Russia explains that it regulates supply according to purchase requests from European countries, which are consumers.

However, within Europe, it is also being pointed out that Russia is intentionally reducing the supply to pressure Germany and the European Union (EU) authorities to approve the prompt operation of the Russian-German gas pipeline ‘Notre Stream-2’, which was completed in September.

Nord Stream 2 AG, the host of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project, in which Gazprom owns 100%, submitted an application for gas pipeline operation approval to the German authorities in early September, but the approval continues to be delayed.

In order for the gas pipeline to operate, it must be approved by German and EU authorities.

Meanwhile, Russia’s gas supply to Germany through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which stopped on the 21st of last month, has not yet resumed as of the 1st, TAS news agency reported.

Gazprom had previously reserved 19.28 million cubic meters per day for the transport volume of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline for January.

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Russian natural gas European transport gas pipeline network

No. 1 is Yamal-Europe, and No. 2-4 are gas pipelines via Ukraine. No. 6 Nord Stream, No. 8 Nod Stream-2, and No. 9 Turkey Stream. [러시아 국영가스회사 ‘가스프롬’ 자료]

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