25 May 2017

Gazprom provided reliable gas deliveries to consumers throughout winter season of 2016-2017

The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the operating results of the Company’s subsidiaries and organizations over the 2016–2017 autumn/winter period. During its meeting on May 24, 2017, it was noted that in the past winter Gazprom had provided reliable gas deliveries to consumers during past winter’s surge in demand in Russia and Europe.

Gas exports to Europe reached 103.6 billion cubic meters between October 2016 and March 2017, adding 18 per cent versus the same period of 2015–2016. For four consecutive months from October 2016 through January 2017, Gazprom set new records for monthly gas exports to the European market. In addition, the Company hit a record high of 636.4 million cubic meters in daily gas deliveries on January 27, 2017.

In 2016, Gazprom Export supplied 178.3 billion cubic meters of gas to European countries, which is 19.7 billion cubic meters higher than 2015 figures (158.6 billion cubic meters) and is also a record high figure in the history of Russian gas exports.

The system of underground gas storages (UGS) is of special importance for ensuring uninterrupted supply of „blue fuel” to foreign consumers in periods of high demand. Potential storage facilities should be located near the pipelines that transport Russian gas. The reliability of the Company’s gas supplies to European consumers during the past peak periods can be attributed to, among other things, ample gas reserves in UGS facilities and their increased deliverability.

Gazprom Group is constantly developing its UGS network in Europe. In Damborice, Czech Republic, the underground facility was put into operation in 2016 with a maximum designed active volume of 456 million cubic meters. On May 23, 2017, the Katharina UGS was commissioned in Germany, with a maximum designed active volume of more than 650 million cubic meters.

For the past 10 years from 2006 to 2016, Gazprom Export’s available gas storage capacity in Europe has increased from 1.4 to 5.0 billion cubic meters of active gas and the total daily output grew from 18.2 to 84.7 million cubic meters.

Related sections:
Gas Storage, Delivery Statistics

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