Yamal pipeline flow increases east from Germany to Poland

FILE PHOTO: A man at a gas compression station that is part of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline near Nesvizh, Belarus, December 29, 2006. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Flows through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which normally sends Russian gas to western Europe, surged eastward from Germany to Poland on Tuesday morning, running in reverse mode for the 29th day. in a row, data from German grid operator Gascade showed.

Since December 21, the gas link between Poland and Germany has been running in the opposite direction than usual, pushing up gas prices in Europe. [NG/GB]

The pipeline normally accounts for a sixth of Russia’s annual gas exports to Europe and Turkey.

Observed reverse flows Tuesday morning were in excess of 9.4 million kilowatt hours per hour (kWh/h), up from about 7 million kWh/h on Monday and the weekend, according to data from the data point. measurement of Mallnow, on the border of Germany with Poland.

It is unclear when Russian gas will again flow west towards Germany. A source close to Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said the company is expected to switch flows sometime this month as Gazprom has paid for westbound volumes for January.

Gazprom has not reserved any capacity to pump gas to Europe through the Yamal pipeline next month, underscoring a sharp drop in Russian exports to the region so far this year.

Russia has denied accusations by several European policymakers that it is withholding gas supplies in order to pressure German and European authorities to approve the recently completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Capacity nominations for Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Slovakia through the Velke Kapusany border point, another major Russian gas route to Europe, stood at 287,423 megawatt hours (MWh) on Tuesday.

This level remains consistent relative to nominations recorded so far in January, but is well below December levels and 60% below year-ago levels.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, additional reporting by Jason Hovet in Prague; editing by Kim Coghill; translation by Darío Fernández)


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