Russian gas flows through the Yamal-Europe pipeline are reversed for the 6th day

A worker checks the pipes of a gas compressor station on the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline near Nesvizh, some 130 km (81 miles) southwest of Minsk, December 29, 2006 REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko

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FRANKFURT / PRAGUE, December 26 (Reuters) – The Yamal-Europe gas pipeline which usually carries Russian gas to Western Europe was returning fuel to Poland for a sixth consecutive day on Sunday, according to data from German network operator Gascade.

The data showed that flows at the Mallnow metering point on the German-Polish border were heading east into Poland at an hourly volume of nearly 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh / h) on Sunday.

Auction results showed that Russian gas exporter Gazprom had not reserved gas transit capacity for exports via the Yamal-Europe pipeline for Monday.

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Gascade, which obtains the Russian gas and transports it to Germany, is owned by WIGA, a joint venture of Gazprom and the oil and gas company Wintershall DEA (WINT.UL). Wintershall DEA is co-owned by the German chemicals group BASF (BASFn.DE) and the Russian LetterOne.

Russia said this week that the reversal was not a political decision, although it coincides with rising tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine and has pushed gas prices to the top. record levels. Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Germany was reselling Russian gas to Poland and Ukraine rather than relieving an overheated market, blaming the reversal and surging prices on German gas importers.

Germany’s Economy Ministry declined to comment on Putin’s allegation. Gas importers did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Data from Slovak gas pipeline operator Eustream showed that capacity nominations for Sunday’s Russian gas flow from Ukraine to Slovakia through the Velke Kapusany border point were 739,826 megawatt hours (MWh), slightly higher. down from 747,031 MWh on Saturday and below levels of recent weeks.

The recent decline was offset by higher nominations for flows from the Czech Republic to Slovakia, meaning that nominations for flows from Slovakia to the Austrian Baumgarten hub were roughly stable from daily levels. and previous weeks.

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Reporting by Christoph Steitz and Jan Lopatka Editing by Robert Birsel and Mark Heinrich

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