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Russian gas still flows east via Yamal-Europe pipeline

reuters.com · 12/30/2021 02:01
Russian gas still flows east via Yamal-Europe pipeline

- The Yamal-Europe pipeline that usually delivers Russian gas to Western Europe was sending fuel back to Poland for a 10th day on Thursday, data from German network operator Gascade shows.

Flows at the Mallnow metering point on the German-Polish border were going east into Poland at an hourly volume of more than 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh/h) on Thursday morning, the data shows, slightly above levels seen in the past 48 hours.

The pipeline is a major route for Russian gas exports to Europe. nL8N2TC1BY

Auction results showed Russian gas exporter Gazprom OGZPY has not booked gas transit capacity for exports via the Yamal-Europe pipeline for Thursday. nnR4N2T500G

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that Germany was reselling Russian gas to Poland and Ukraine rather than relieving an overheated market, putting blame for the reversal, and rocketing prices, on German gas importers. nL1N2T9095

The German Economy Ministry has declined comment on Putin's remark. Gas importers have not responded to Reuters requests for comment.

Data from Slovak pipeline operator Eustream showed capacity nominations for Thursday's Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Slovakia via the Velke Kapusany border point, another major route for Russian gas to Europe, were at 891,905 megawatt hours (MWh), rising from Wednesday's 842,954 but still below levels seen earlier in December.

(Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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