Gazprom: Gas exports to Germany break record
Moscow. The Russian energy giant Gazprom has presented its figures for gas deliveries in 2017: the group exported about 193.9 billion cubic meters to non-CIS countries. According to CEO Alexei Miller, this represents an increase of 8.1% compared to 2016.
Miller draws the following conclusions from the strong figures for gas exports:
The demand for gas from Russia has risen rapidly in European countries.
Russia’s gas reserves can reliably meet growing demand.
According to Gazprom, gas exports increased in 2017 to twelve European countries. Gas exports to Germany reached a record level (53.4 billion m³). Although the Group is seeing a growth slowdown there for the third year, the high export figures are an important argument in favor of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline.
Germany as the most important gas importer
Germany continues to be regarded as the most important gas importer for the energy group. However, the biggest growth in 2017 was in absolute numbers in Turkey (+ 4.24 billion m³). In percentage terms, Austria (+ 40%) posted particularly strong growth. Gas exports to Italy and the UK, which declined slightly in the first three quarters, were not reported by Gazprom. In Denmark, the Group recorded a very small increase in gas exports.