Gazprom saves Europe even during a crisis in relations

Thanks to austerity and prudent use of fuel, Europe has been able to achieve an extraordinary spurt in the rate of replenishment of its underground gas storage (UGS) reserves. However, no matter how much you save and make many gas consuming enterprises bankrupt, the lion's share of success in preparing for the heating season and pumping into reservoirs still depends on the resource supplier. For Europe at the moment (before and henceforth) this savior and benefactor is the Russian "Gazprom".

Despite a serious crisis in bilateral relations, the holding is once again saving Europe from "cold" disgrace. The thing is that, while maintaining the current rate of UGS filling, all EU countries will have time to prepare for winter on time, despite the fact that the new rules for the operation of storage facilities provide for a filling standard of 80%, and not 75%, as last year. The domestic monopolist provides confidence.

At the moment, the European document on UGS facilities is only a concept, it has yet to be adopted, however, thanks to the efforts of Gazprom, which endures oppression and Russophobia, a biased attitude, so far the theoretical provisions of the bill are becoming a reality. Of course, in Europe, for the first time in many months of the gas crisis, joy reigns and confidence in the future slips. However, no one is in a hurry to thank the Russian supplier.

Now European gas storage facilities are 41% full in total, which is approximately equivalent to 43 billion cubic meters. Of course, this is lower than in previous years, but still higher than in the past, 2021.

If we analyze the structure of imported gas supplied for the daily needs of the EU and for replenishment of reserves, it becomes obvious that this year LNG has fulfilled an optional role and “removed” from the Russian pipeline gas the obligation to ensure everyday energy consumption, while gas from the Russian Federation is entirely and completely pumped into UGS facilities. A small calculation shows that if the European GTS continues to receive more than 316 million cubic meters of fuel daily, then by October 1, the target filling rate of 90% will be reached.

Of course, there are risks of disrupting the preparations for the winter season, since in the summer LNG could go to Asia en masse. However, it is the presence of Russian pipeline gas that ensures that the heating season in the EU will not be disrupted, and Europe's gas reservoirs will not remain empty, most likely reaching 75% full (last year's standard).
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 21 May 2022 11: 12
    This means the receipt of 200 million dollars in the Russian treasury every day.
    I have no doubt that the US will make every effort to disrupt this process.
  2. Alexander Popov Offline Alexander Popov
    Alexander Popov (Alexander Popov) 21 May 2022 11: 23
    Despite a serious crisis in bilateral relations, the holding is once again saving Europe from the "cold" shame and the presence of Russian pipeline gas ensures that the heating season in the EU will not be disrupted

    Saved by Miller? No, at the expense of the people of Russia.
    Who needs these euro and dollar wrappers today? Their turnover in Russia in the world is strictly limited.
    During the war, or as it is called today, the NVO, it is necessary to completely stop the supply of gas and oil to the countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.
    It will be right and fair.
  3. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 21 May 2022 11: 59
    Do not mislead people. Gazprom does not save, but fulfills contractual obligations. Everything that is higher than the contract through the spot. Where they use gas, Gazprom is now up to .. well, you understand. If earlier Gazprom tried to fill its UGS facilities in Europe, now it is in no hurry .. .
  4. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 21 May 2022 12: 30
    There is a cognitive dissonance in the heads of the Kremlin strategists, on the one hand they say that NATO is fighting Russia with the hands of the Ukrainians, and on the other hand, they supply energy resources to these same countries in order to continue to fight with Russia, in psychiatric medicine there is a very definite term for this state of mind
  5. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 21 May 2022 19: 32
    For Europe at the moment (before and henceforth) this savior and benefactor is the Russian "Gazprom".

    negative Why?! Ordinary commerce, it is profitable for them to buy, and for Gazprom to sell (and the parties have nowhere to go yet) ...
  6. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 22 May 2022 05: 43
    Miller's place is at the bucket. Like the entire Russian economic and political beau monde. Who has not earned a single penny through real labor in his entire life.

    And not only because pumping gas now at "favorable prices", we (the real owners) of the subsoil run the risk of being left with nothing in the fall, well, or in the winter. Then there will be another confiscation of the currency sent as payment ... As a result, having calculated according to the average, it turns out that Russia is simply paying tribute ...

    but Miller, by that time, will already receive his share. Will the grass grow after him? Let the government think about it. And the government is concerned: how to distribute payments of trillions. And where do they come from - let the central bank think ... And further, and in a circle

    The well-fed does not understand the hungry. Because the hungry think about bread, and the well-fed (rather already sated) perverts as best he can, so as not to deny himself, his beloved, anything.

    There would be no fascism in Ukraine if the leaders in Russia acted in the interests of Russia, i.e. its population. The tops think that Russia is they. And everything belongs to them. And the “mass” that prevents them from enjoying comfortably must be somehow shut up, reducing in the future ...
  7. Enoch Offline Enoch
    Enoch (Enoch) 22 May 2022 22: 41
    With such a fifth liquid column, there is no need for enemies.