According to statistics from German network operator Gascade, the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which normally transports Russian gas to Western Europe, was transferring fuel back to Poland for the eleventh day on Friday.
The data shows that flows at the Mallnow metering station on the German-Polish border were heading east into Poland at an hourly volume of more than 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh/h) on Friday morning, roughly unchanged over the previous 24 hours.
The pipeline is a vital link in Russia’s gas export network to Europe. find out more
Gazprom, a Russian gas exporter, did not book gas transit capacity for exports via the Yamal-Europe pipeline on Friday, according to auction results.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Germany was transferring Russian gas to Poland and Ukraine rather than easing an overheated market, blaming German gas importers for the reversal and skyrocketing prices. find out more
Putin’s comments has elicited no response from Germany’s Economy Ministry. Requests for comment from gas importers have gone unanswered by Reuters.
According to industry sources and market analysts, gas merchants are depending on stocks to supply European consumers and avoid paying near-record-high prices, explaining the unprecedented reversal of flows across the pipeline. find out more
According to data from Slovak pipeline operator Eustream, capacity nominations for Friday’s Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Slovakia via the Velke Kapusany border point, another major route for Russian gas to Europe, increased to 953,087 megawatt hours (MWh) from 891,692 on Thursday, marking the fourth day of growth in a row and surpassing the level seen between December 1 and 20.