Gazprom, controlled by Russia (GAZP.MM), said on Sunday that it was supplying gas to Europe via Ukraine, as requested by European consumers. Russian gas flows to Europe via kyiv this week fell by a quarter after the main transit route was blocked by Russian occupation forces. The export of gas to European customers was halted for the first time via Ukraine since the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022. The transit which was closed exports around 8% of Russian gas to Europe, according to several reports. EU gas demand was calculated at 92.1 million cubic meters (mcm) for May.
Russian gas producer Gazprom informed in an update that gas export volumes since the lifting of the blockade had fallen to 72 million cubic meters (mcm) from 95.8 mcm. The Sokhranivka transit point, which borders Ukrainian territory, delivers almost a third of the fuel to Europe from Moscow.
Gazprom declared “force majeure”
The Russian state-affiliated company reportedly declared a “force majeure“, implying that the company was hit by disruptions beyond its control. Gazprom had also suggested diverting gas supplies from Europe via an alternative route, the Sudzhaentry point. The Sokhranivka pipeline runs through the Lugansk region, which has recently come under heavy Russian offensive as troops stepped up the assault in eastern Ukraine’s oblasts.
The energy company, however, noted that it was “technologically impossible” to divert all volumes of gas supply from Europe to the Sudzha route. Russian gas supplies through the Sokhranivka entry point have fallen to zero since last week. Despite the war in Ukraine, Gazprom had managed to supply a record 791 million cubic meters of natural gas in May until the disruptions halted exports, company spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov reportedly said.
Deliveries of the gas transmission system to the domestic market fell by 3.7%, or about 4.4 billion cubic meters in January-April due to hot weather conditions. Gazprom’s daily production in April was 1.347 billion cubic meters, down 8.5% from the previous month. Since the start of 2022, it has pumped 175.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas, down 2.5% from the previous year.
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