The sanctions imposed by the authorities of the Russian Federation on some foreign energy companies became the reason why Gazprom could not use the gas pipeline of EuRoPol GAZ (joint venture with Polish PGNiG) to pump gas to European consumers through Poland. This was stated by the official representative of Gazprom, Sergey Kupriyanov, as reported by the holding’s Telegram channel.
Transactions and payments in favor of sanctioned persons were prohibited.
The Russian government had previously approved the list of foreign legal entities against which Russia has imposed sanctions. The list included 31 organizations from Europe, the USA and Singapore. Among them are former European subsidiaries of Gazprom, operators of underground gas storage facilities, traders of a Polish-Russian joint venture – part of Yamal-Europe.
The natural gas pipeline starting from Russia passes through Belarus and Poland and ends in Germany. It can pump up to 32.9 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
However, in recent months, this route of gas supply of Russia to Europe was practically not used. According to TASS, this is due to a “lack of applications from European consumers”.
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On Thursday, May 12, Ukraine rejected an application to pump gas from Russia to Europe through the Sohranivka gas metering station in the country.
According to Sergei Kupriyanov, the volume of Russian gas passing through Kiev at the moment is 50.6 million cubic meters. Deliveries are made through the Sudzha gas metering station.
“The application for GIS Sokhranovka was rejected,” said the Gazprom representative.
On May 11, it was stated that the pumping volume was 72 million cubic meters.
Earlier, the Ukrainian GTS Operator (OGTSU) announced that gas transit to Europe through the Sohranivka station in the Luhansk region was suspended from 11 May due to force majeure. The company stated that it could not control the Novopskov border compressor station in the region.
As the operator noted, almost a third of Russian gas supplies to Europe pass through Novopskov. OGTSU also claims
As a result of the military operation of Russian troops in Ukraine, a number of GTS installations are located on the territory controlled by the RF Armed Forces.
The OGTSU statement also states that “changes in the operating modes of GTS facilities, including the intervention of Russian forces in technological processes, the unauthorized withdrawal of gas from the transit flow, jeopardize the stability and security of the entire Ukrainian gas transport system,” Kommersant reports.
At the same time, it is possible to temporarily transfer “inaccessible capacities” from Sokhranivka to the Sudzha port in order to maintain gas supplies to Europe. The operator of the State Customs Service said that he was in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian side.
Finally, the OGTSU statement says that the company “has repeatedly warned Gazprom about the cessation of gas transit due to the military operation.”
Meanwhile the gas swap It’s growing 20% in Europe and is over $1,200 per thousand cubic meters, according to auction data.
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