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August 16, 2022

Russian gas flows to Europe have remained steady

Gas flows from Russia to Europe remain steady, despite sanctions.

By Smruthi Nadig

According to operator data, gas flows from Russia to Europe through some major pipelines remained steady, although low, on Tuesday. 

Physical flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Germany were 14,604,119 kilowatt hours per hour (kWh/h) from 7:00 to 8:00 CET, consistent with levels reported on Monday of roughly 14,600,000 kWh/h.

The pipeline ran at 20% of its capacity as Russia cut flows citing maintenance work on 27 July. In their statement, Russia blamed turbine issues for the initial shutdown of the crucial gas supply pipeline.

Nominations for Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Slovakia via the Velke Kapusany border point, on the eastern plains of Slovakia close to Ukraine, were approximately 36.5 million cubic meters (mcm) per day, slightly higher than the previous day, according to statistics from the Ukrainian system operator.

On Tuesday, Russia’s Gazprom `announced it would ship 42.2mcm of gas to Europe via Ukraine’s Sudzha entry point, down from 41.9mcm on Monday.

Eastbound gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline increased day-on-day Tuesday, according to data from operator Gascade.

Exit flows at the Mallnow metering station on the German border were 4,153,766 kWh/h on Tuesday, up from roughly 2,520,000 kWh/h the day before.

Germany’s ongoing gas shortfall, which has forced it to draw on reserves and shut down parts of its industrial sector in early August, could have severe ramifications for Europe.

Russian gas producer Gazprom blamed Western sanctions for its refusal to accept a repaired turbine from Germany. Though Russia decided not to continue the flows due to sanctions, it is still exporting gas to Europe at a lower rate.

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