Russia’s Gazprom said it would ship 35.5 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Friday, in line with similar levels reported in January 2023, but around 15 percent down on daily shipments seen in the final months of 2022.
Russian gas exports to Europe via pipelines plummeted to a post-Soviet low in 2022 as its largest customer cut imports due to the conflict in Ukraine and a major pipeline was damaged by mysterious blasts, Gazprom data and Reuters calculations showed.
The European Union, traditionally Russia’s largest consumer for oil and gas, has for years spoken about cutting its reliance on Russian energy, but Brussels got serious after the Kremlin sent troops into Ukraine in February.
Russian direct gas exports to Germany, Europe’s largest economy, were halted in September following blasts at the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
Sweden and Denmark have both concluded that four leaks on Nord Stream 1 and 2 were caused by explosions, but have not said who might be responsible. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called the damage an act of sabotage.
Russia accused British navy personnel of being behind the blasts, a claim that London said was false.
Russian gas exports via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline totalled record-high 59.2 bcm last year.