Europe, especially the member states of the European Union, is moving towards independence from Russian energy resources. They talk about it frankly. In addition to the fact that they have to fill their gas storage facilities as soon as possible before winter.
Russia is not waiting idly by the West to stockpile gas before the next heating season. Some countries closed the water tap because they did not comply with his demands to pay for gas in rubles, contrary to agreements. Others – like Germany – withheld delivery for technical reasons. Although Western neighbors see it as premeditated.
Gazprom has limited gas production and export
The effects of the “gas war” with the West are visible in the results of the work of Gazprom. The giant just published data for the period from January 1 to July 15. According to the Russian “Kommersant” website, it is critical for the Russian economy The company reduced gas production by 10 percent. Exports from outside the Commonwealth of Independent States – ie Europe – fell by 33 per cent in six months.
According to Gazprom, the company produced 249.7 billion cubic meters during the discussed period. Gas. 29.1 billion cubic meters. Less than a year ago. On the other hand, exports to countries outside the CIS decreased year on year From more than 95 billion to 71.9 billion cubic meters.
Moreover, demand in the domestic market in this period decreased by 1.9%, that is, 2.7 billion cubic meters. Gazprom also indicated an increase in exports to China via the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline. However, he did not provide data to prove this.
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