Demands emerge for gas supplies to the west via Yamal-Europe – data


A worker mounts a cylinder at a gas compressor station on the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline near Nesvizh, southwest of Minsk, December 29, 2006. REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko / File Photo

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MOSCOW, Dec.31 (Reuters) – Demand for westward flow of Russian natural gas via the Yamal-Europe pipeline to Germany at the Mallnow metering point has been set for Jan.1 at 8.3 million kilowatt hours per hour (kWh / h), data from German grid operator Gascade showed on Friday.

This part of the pipeline has been operating in reverse mode – carrying gas from west to east – since December 21, exerting upward pressure on European gas prices, which reached a record high at the start of the month.

They have since eased as warmer weather and liquefied natural gas supplies reduced concerns about low flows from Russian pipelines.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that Germany was reselling Russian gas to Poland and Ukraine rather than relieving an overheated market, blaming the reversal and surging prices on German gas importers. Read more

Germany’s Economics Ministry declined to comment on Putin’s remark, while gas importers did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Gas traders rely on stocks to supply European buyers and avoid paying near-record prices for new supplies, industry sources and market analysts said, explaining the unusual reverse in the direction of the flows. through the pipeline. Read more

The auction results also showed that Russian gas exporter Gazprom did not reserve any capacity for January 1 through the pipeline. Another auction will take place overnight.

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Report by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Jan Harvey

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