The capacities of the Ukrainian and the Polish gas transportation systems are more than sufficient to ensure the fulfillment of obligations regarding the supply of russian gas to European countries. Currently, less than 40% of the already reserved capacity via Ukraine under the transit agreement with Gazprom is being used. Taking into account the regular interruptions in the work of the Nord Stream-1 during the last months, as well as the declared stop of this route at the end of August, we remind you about the availability of alternative transit corridors through Ukraine and Poland.
The contracted capacities at the entry point t “Sudzha” are 109.6 mcm per day (total technical – 244 mcm of gas per day), the Polish Yamal gas pipeline – 90 mcm per day, and “Nord Stream-1” – 167 mcm daily. The existing gas transport infrastructure is more extensive than Nord Stream-1 and can replace this russian gas pipeline and ensure reliable gas transit to EU countries.
Thus, there are no circumstances of force majeure or technical obstacles for Gazprom to fulfill its obligations before European countries regarding gas supplies. Instead, russia continues ignoring existing opportunities for transit, particularly at the “Sudzha” entry point. The issue of supplies is exclusively on the political plane because the existing transit network can fully compensate for the shutdown of North Stream-1.
Gazprom’s statements are another attempt to pressure European countries to influence decisions regarding support of Ukraine, and it is also the intention to raise gas prices once again. There are no objective reasons for limiting gas supplies to the EU., as it was in previous years.