Russian gas exports to Western Europe and Turkey in April 2016 decreased by 3.5%, falling for the first time after years of continuous growth, reports “Interfax” with reference to data of European transit operators. According to estimates of the Agency for a month “Gazprom” has circulated in its pipelines in foreign countries of approximately 13 billion cubic meters of natural gas. This is slightly higher than the volume of supply in April 2014 (12,78 billion cubic meters), 2013 (12,57 billion cubic meters) and 2012 (12.1 billion cubic meters), but below the amount for winter supply this year. For example, in February 2016, “Gazprom” has exported to foreign countries some 14.2 billion cubic meters of gas.
According to the results of January—April 2016 the total volume of exports of “Gazprom” in the countries of Western Europe and Turkey amounted to 57.4 billion cubic meters, which is 20% higher than shipments in the same period of 2015.
The experts of the Agency for gas information, note that this year spring has come to Europe a week early, and as a result previously, started pumping gas in a local underground warehouse that determined the dynamics of merchandise exports of “Gazprom”. According to the Association of European operators of the underground gas storages (GSE), the volume of pumping gas into storage for the first time exceeded the volume of selection April 1, 2016 and for the first 27 days of April, the reserves of gas in storage in the EU increased by almost 1.5 billion cubic meters.
In mid-April of 2016, the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller has informed journalists that from 1 January to 16 April, Gazprom increased gas export to far abroad by 22.6%. While gas supplies to Germany rose by 21.3%, in Italy — 16%, Poland — by 35.7%, in the Netherlands by 115%.
According to “Gazprom export”, in 2015 in European countries and Turkey were delivered 158,56 billion cubic meters of gas.
The Deputy Chairman of the management Board of the company Alexander Medvedev said on March 1 that “Gazprom” for the first time in 10 years increased its share on the European gas market from 30% to 31%. In 2015, Gazprom provided 31% of supply in the European gas market after 30% in 2014. “We not only kept its share, but also increased it. 31% — the highest level over the past decade,” Medvedev said at a meeting with investors in new York.