Europe has lost the opportunity to fill UGS facilities by winter

As the investigation showed, the 41% reduction in Russian natural gas supplies to Europe through Nord Stream 1 was the result of force majeure, and not the decision of Gazprom management or other factors. As it turned out, the German company Siemens was unable to fulfill its contractual obligations to repair gas pumping units and did not return them to Russia. This led to a reduction in pumping through this highway and an increase in prices for raw materials in the EU by 9-13%.

According to the press service of Gazprom, at the moment the first line of the gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea can provide a capacity of up to 100 million cubic meters per day instead of the planned 167 million. Rostekhnadzor, by its order, prohibited the use of depleted GPUs, which is why now only three units are operating at the Portovaya compressor station.

This news did not particularly reassure or delight European customers and politicians, who looked with great hope to the future, which promised the full implementation of the ambitious strategy of reforming the gas storage industry with the achievement of the reserves norm by winter up to 90%. However, it was as if fate itself stood up against this “dream” in the very first year of its realization: obstacles on the way began to appear one after another, destroying all plans.

Firstly, the problems described above appeared with the main pipeline through which imported gas is supplied to the daily needs of the EU and its UGS facilities. And, secondly, bad news came from the USA. The burning Freeport LNG terminal will not be able to fully restore its operation until the end of this year, as the damage from the fire turned out to be more serious than expected.

Only repairs without fuel shipment (the terminal itself and the infrastructure for filling tankers were damaged) will take three months. The Freeport LNG terminal provided 68% of LNG supplies to Europe. Evaluation of the consequences of the incident that took place on June 8 is ongoing. Be that as it may, LNG exports from the United States have dipped sharply, and prices have risen.

Thus, the timing of the restoration of the LNG plant in the United States is known, but does not inspire optimism among European industry specialists, as it undermines all plans to fill UGS facilities with reserves in preparation for the winter heating season. The date of the transition of Nord Stream to full capacity is also unknown.

Gas-fired power generation in the EU is replenished by increased wind, which helps generate clean energy, but this resource cannot be used to ensure an uninterrupted winter season. The EU leadership's joy at being ahead of the UGS replenishment schedule, which was recorded in May-early June, began to dry up. Most likely, this year Europe will also face a difficult winter, as it will be possible to replenish reserves by no more than 60-65%, which is even lower than last year's figures.
  • Used photographs: JSC "Gazprom"
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  1. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
    Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 15 June 2022 08: 53
    That is OK. They will jump and get warm ...
  2. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 15 June 2022 09: 10
    But there is SP2, where a fly hasn’t even sat on the GPU, and the performance has already been tested.
  3. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 15 June 2022 09: 16
    Everything suggests that SP-2 needs to be launched somehow. Is it smart enough to do it? Not! The mind is there, but the fear of the owner and the lack of freedom in making important decisions overpower any rational decisions.
  4. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 15 June 2022 09: 38
    Everything is going well with the EU, as in the well-known joke:

    A traveler is walking along the road, he sees a man sitting on a tree and sawing the branch on which he sits. The traveler says to him:
    - What are you doing? After all, you will fall!
    And the man told him: - Go, go! Nothing will happen!
    The traveler walks a few meters and suddenly hears a crunch, a slap and a cry from behind:
    - Oh, you are a cursed sorcerer)))
  5. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 15 June 2022 09: 39
    As the investigation showed, a 41% decrease in Russian natural gas supplies to Europe through Nord Stream 1 was the result of force majeure

    Why force majeure? According to media reports, the turbines were detained in Canada, where they were sent (for some reason) by Siemens for repairs and were sanctioned there. Apparently, the Germans did not dare to “punish” Russia themselves and entrusted this to Canada, while Germany seemed to be on the sidelines. The goal is simple, to force Russia to increase Ukrainian transit as Zelensky asks
  6. lomograph Offline lomograph
    lomograph (Igor) 15 June 2022 10: 45
    And Uncle Sam's ears stick out here so clearly that only a blind man can't see them: the Americans are strangling old Europe slowly but surely.
    And everything is going so well: the Freeport terminal burned down, the pump got stuck in Canada, the vassals sealed the Flow2 tightly, the pumping through Ukraine is reduced, a couple of kilograms of C4 will solve this problem too ... and that's it, do whatever you want with the old woman.
  7. Larisa Z. Offline Larisa Z.
    Larisa Z. (Larisa Vavilova) 15 June 2022 12: 12
    I'm driving in Europe, plus 25 overboard. But I'm already freezing on the eve of the heating season. Prices for everything are just ah. For a Russian person, this is not the main thing. Work Brothers...
  8. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 16 June 2022 03: 39
    - Solid dispossessed!!!