Russian gas export to Western Europe decreased in 2014

Noam Stiekema

In 2014 Gazprom increased gas exports to Turkey with 2.3%, compared to 2013, while reducing supplies to Germany and Italy, which are the biggest importers of Russian natural gas in Western Europe. This is stated in the quarterly report of the company. Last year, the Russian gas giant has supplied Turkey 27.3 billion cubic meters […]

Russian Gas export

Russian Gas exportIn 2014 Gazprom increased gas exports to Turkey with 2.3%, compared to 2013, while reducing supplies to Germany and Italy, which are the biggest importers of Russian natural gas in Western Europe. This is stated in the quarterly report of the company. Last year, the Russian gas giant has supplied Turkey 27.3 billion cubic meters of gas, with which the country is the second largest importer in Europe. The report shows that Germany has retained first place in terms of volume, but supplies for the country decreased by 3.7% to 38.7 billion cubic meters. The shipments to Italy fell by 14.4% to 21.6 billion cubic meters.

Other importers of Russian gas in Western Europe were also with decreased purchases. The exports to France amounted to 7 billion cubic meters in 2014, Finland was 3.1 billion cubic meters in Austria were 3.9 billion cubic meters, in Greece were 1.7 billion cubic meters and for the Netherlands were 3.5 billion cubic meters, while in Switzerland were 0.3 billion cubic meters, Denmark – 0.4 billion cubic meters, UK – 10 billion cubic meters. Total annual volume of Russian gas exports to Western Europe shrank by 3.7% to 117.92 billion cubic meters.

In Central Europe last year were delivered 28.685 billion cubic meters in 2014, compared to 34.4 billion cubic meters an year earlier. Among the five major importers of gas in this region, Poland has bought 9 billion cubic meters, Hungary – 5.3 billion cubic meters, Czech Republic – 4.76 billion cubic meters, Slovakia – 4.385 billion cubic meters and Bulgaria – 2.788 billion cubic meters.

In the former USSR supplied 44.857 billion cubic meters, which is 20.1% less compared to the previous year. Baltic countries have received 3.9 billion cubic meters. Total deliveries of Russian gas abroad fell by 12% to 191.45 billion cubic meters last year, compared to 217.59 billion cubic meters an year earlier.

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