Gazprom is acting in Europe contrary to the usual logic, creating a gas shortage


In January 2021, Gazprom, contrary to the usual logic, despite the seasonal rise in prices in the European Union, does not increase the physical volumes of gas supplied, but restrains them. The Russian gas giant, as it were, is "drying up" the European market, creating a shortage of raw materials, supplying it from underground storage facilities. In addition, he has stopped selling gas to Europe on his electronic trading floor, which keeps prices high in the spot market. Kommersant.


According to experts, in early spring of this year, gas demand in the Asian region will begin to decline sharply and significant volumes of LNG will be redirected to Europe. Now all the free LNG available on the planet is sent to Northeast Asia, since due to abnormal cold weather the price of "blue fuel" there has reached $ 1000 per 1 cubic meters. m. However, already in March the price of energy raw materials there will fall to $ 300 per 1 cubic meters. Therefore, the chosen strategy should help Gazprom avoid a sharp drop in prices on the European market during the specified period and maintain profits.

Currently, gas prices in Europe have reached a two-year maximum, but Gazprom not only does not increase supplies, having the appropriate opportunities, but even decreases them in the Ukrainian transit direction. This forces consumers to buy the necessary volumes of gas from the hubs, which drives up prices and encourages traders to empty the storage facilities.

For example, in the Austrian Baumgarten gas price has already exceeded $ 330 per 1 cubic meters. m. The total gas withdrawal from European UGS facilities is approaching a record level of 1 billion cubic meters. m. per day, and their fullness dropped to 59%. Moreover, spot raw materials from Gazprom, from its electronic trading platform, will not appear in Europe before the third quarter of this year.

Energy market analysts are confident that Europe's underground storage facilities will have enough gas for another 70 days. The situation in 2018 will be repeated, when the Europeans met the end of the heating season with practically empty UGS facilities. In the summer, the UGS facilities will be filled with Russian gas again. This approach allows Gazprom to more efficiently use the available capacity without losing revenue, and encourages the Europeans to put Nord Stream 2 into operation as soon as possible. It is after this that the interests of the Russian producer and consumers of raw materials in Europe will be balanced.
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 21 January 2021 13: 14
    +3
    From what so diligently "jumped", to that and jumped. The market, however. And how much LNG was sold by the United States?
  2. LozmanPozman Offline LozmanPozman
    LozmanPozman (Lozman Pozman) 21 January 2021 13: 33
    +5
    Close the valves, stop feeding the fascists and warm up the enemies, some kind of Arctic fox is full, everyone who is not too lazy is put in heaps on the threshold, and we save them from ruin and cold ... insanity ...
    1. Division Offline Division
      Division (Division) 22 January 2021 00: 52
      +2
      From the series, to spite grandmother to freeze ears?
    2. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 January 2021 04: 51
      0
      That's right, block everything, you don't want their bourgeois euros and dollars!
  3. zz811 Offline zz811
    zz811 (Vlad Pervovich) 21 January 2021 15: 18
    +5
    but how else to open the eyes of the "partners" for the completion of the SP-2 ??
  4. Vadim Ananyin Offline Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin (Vadim Ananyin) 21 January 2021 15: 53
    +2
    As they said: - Nothing personal, just business. It's the same European way they always did, now the rest of the world is doing. Bolivar cannot bear two or someone must freeze (die). We have forgiven them too much.
  5. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 21 January 2021 16: 53
    0
    A holy place is never empty. Besides Russia, there are many who want to sell their gas. If Gazprom wants to show the EU that it is NOT a RELIABLE trading partner, then the cards are in hand.
    The situation on the gas market is changing very quickly. LNG production is growing by leaps and bounds. Competitors are probably clapping their hands because Gazprom is losing the market to them.
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    2. oderih Offline oderih
      oderih (Alex) 21 January 2021 22: 09
      +2
      Yes. By seven-mile steps. NOVATEK has all the gas under contract.
    3. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 21 January 2021 23: 27
      +2
      Biden came to power in the United States. He brought the country back to climate agreements, shutting down shale oil and gas as not environmentally friendly. And without shale gas (and oil), they must try to scrape together for internal needs. There is no need to talk about export.
      1. Vladest Offline Vladest
        Vladest (Vladimir) 22 January 2021 00: 05
        -1
        Quote: boriz
        He brought the country back to climate agreements, shutting down shale oil and gas as not environmentally friendly.

        Those deposits that have been started do not close. New ones cannot be started.
        1. boriz Offline boriz
          boriz (boriz) 22 January 2021 00: 26
          +5
          You do not seem to be aware that during production in shale, well debit drops rapidly. The oil shale business is not like a bicycle: you cannot stop. I just started a well - we urgently need to prepare another. This requires permanent loans. Banks have been quitting this business lately, and having learned that the state does not support it, they will leave this industry without pants.

          -shale wells have a much shorter service life than conventional natural gas wells;
          -drilled wells quickly reduce their flow rate - by 30-40% per year;
          about 85 toxic substances are used for gas production, although the exact formulas of the chemical cocktail for fracking in shale gas companies are confidential;
          - during the extraction of shale gas there are significant methane losses, which leads to an increase in the greenhouse effect;
          -shale gas production is profitable only if there is demand and high gas prices;
          shale deposits of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras, have a high level of gamma radiation, which leads to an increase in the radiation background as a result of hydraulic fracturing.

          https://neftegaz.ru/tech-library/energoresursy-toplivo/141426-slantsevyy-gaz/
          Biden is a fighter for the environment, he will quickly cover all this. He doesn't care about the United States, he works for global financiers.
          1. Vladest Offline Vladest
            Vladest (Vladimir) 22 January 2021 00: 33
            -3
            Quote: boriz
            You don't seem to know

            I am aware of this misfortune among shale producers. The US has a very flexible economy. Get out. Not they so the Turks found large gas deposits there and in Wed. sea ​​and in the Black. At least eat this gas. Everything is developing so rapidly. Five years ago, LNG was not very much on the topic, but now it is a huge market.
            1. boriz Offline boriz
              boriz (boriz) 22 January 2021 00: 39
              +4
              Therefore, we have 2 points of LNG shipping, and soon there will be three.
              But LNG is more expensive. It is necessary to have both pipeline gas and LNG on the market.
              In addition, LNG cannot replace pipe gas entirely, as it consists of methane alone. And the chemical industry also needs the rest of the natural gas fractions. The entire infrastructure of the chemical industry in Europe is tuned to receive pipeline gas.
              And the fact that Turkey will be allowed to produce gas in the sea, far from its territory, is a big question.
          2. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
            bonifacius (Alex) 22 January 2021 01: 11
            +3
            When transporting LNG, there are also not frail gas losses that also do not improve the climate on the planet. And the "green" sticks are inserted into the wheels of "SP 2".
    4. Lucifer67S Offline Lucifer67S
      Lucifer67S (Viktor Schmidt) 22 January 2021 01: 09
      +3
      Vladvest (Vladimir). Ne pishi glupostey, SPG nikogda nebudet konkurentom dlja gaza iz trubi, SPG namnogo doroge.
  6. RFR Offline RFR
    RFR (RFR) 22 January 2021 00: 37
    0
    Still, they would have closed the entire economy with pots, and everything would have ended long ago in that territory ...
  7. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) 22 January 2021 01: 38
    -2
    oh, the effective managers of the gas giant will stir up again ..
  8. Vladimir Georgievich (Archakov Vladimir) 29 January 2021 00: 20
    +1
    Let's think together. The author of the article claims that Gazprom is reducing gas supplies to Europe. Okay, take a note. However, what to do with how the head of Gazprom A. Miller reports to Russian President V. Putin that today Gazprom carries out the largest gas supplies to Europe. The other day on the central TV channels showed this report of A. Miller. So who is misleading whom? Something tells us that in reality the state of affairs is completely different in fact. Will A. Miller be responsible for such information, or has it become fashionable to make optimistic reports and not be responsible for their reliability? What do you think, where is objectivity here, and where is highly distorted information?
  9. savage1976 Offline savage1976
    savage1976 30 September 2021 14: 55
    0
    And spring has passed and summer has passed, and autumn is already in full swing. How did the price of LNG fall?