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Gazprom cuts gas pumping into underground storage facilities in Europe and reduces transit through Belarus

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Russian gas supplies to Europe via Belarus fell by a third over the weekend, exacerbating the acute shortage of hydrocarbons in the EU market.

Gazprom cuts gas pumping into underground storage facilities in Europe and reduces transit through Belarus

The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom on Saturday July 31 reduced gas pumping into underground storage facilities in Europe, Interfax reports, citing data from the Gas Infrastructure Europe portal.

The message indicates that the injection of fuel into the largest gas storage facilities in Europe has decreased - in Austria (Haidach), Germany (Rehden), the Netherlands (Bergermeer).

At the same time, injection usually grows on weekends, as demand from industry decreases and additional resources are freed up to direct gas to storage facilities.

At the same time, gas supplies to Europe through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline (it passes through Belarus and Poland to Germany) have decreased from 84 to 50 million cubic meters per day, according to data from the German transit operator Gascade.

After a cold winter and record gas withdrawals from Russian storage facilities, Gazprom will have to replenish its reserves. Storage facilities have been emptied everywhere, including in Europe, but filling Russian storage tanks is a top priority for the company.

The European gas balance is currently in dire shortage. The task of restoring gas reserves after a cold winter is complicated by the shortage of liquefied gas on the world market. Because of this, prices on the European market last week exceeded $ 500 per thousand cubic meters.

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