The Gas Export and Enhancing Reliability of Gas Supply to Europe Press Conference was held in Moscow today in the lead-up to the annual General Shareholders Meeting. The Press Conference featured Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Pavel Oderov, Head of Department, and Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export.
It was noted that in 2016 Gazprom’s exports to Europe had hit a record of 179.3 billion cubic meters, which was 19.9 billion cubic meters more (+12.5 per cent) than in 2015. The largest buyers were Germany, Turkey, and Italy. For instance, Germany, Gazprom’s number one market in Europe, imported 49.8 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, a historical high for the country.
In 2017, gas supplies grew further: over the first five months of the year, the Company exported 9.5 billion cubic meters (+13.3 per cent) of gas more than in the same period of 2016.
Gazprom takes consistent efforts aimed at establishing more reliable and cost-effective routes for supplying gas from Russia to Europe. Specifically, the Company continues the construction project for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with the annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas.
On April 24, 2017, Nord Stream 2 AG signed the financing agreements for the project with the leading energy companies ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall. Pursuant to the documents, those companies will provide long-term financing for 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.
On May 7, 2017, the construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline began. Its first string will make it possible to annually deliver 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey, and the second string will convey the same amount of gas to southern and southeastern Europe.
Gazprom continues to expand its underground gas storage capacities abroad. In the Czech Republic, the Damborice UGS facility with the design working capacity of 456 million cubic meters came onstream on July 1, 2016. At the moment, Gazprom can use 156 million cubic meters of the facility’s capacities, with the maximum daily deliverability standing at 3.7 million cubic meters. The underground storage capacities located close to sales markets allow the Company to smooth out seasonal consumption peaks, which makes supplies much more reliable.