MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. EU states started actively withdrawing gas from their underground gas storage (UGS) facilities on Thursday. On November 15, 141 mln cubic meters of gas were withdrawn from EU countries’ UGS facilities, and only around 54 mln cubic meters of gas were pumped, according to data provided by Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). Net withdrawal from European storage facilities started on November 14 first since the end of the previous heating season in April.
Currently European UGS facilities are 95.46% full, with 103.21 bln cubic meters of gas stored in them. The maximum capacity of European gas storage facilities equals 107.7 bln cubic meters, according to GIE.
Russian gas supplies to Europe in transit through Ukraine remain at previous volume of 42.4 mln cubic meters via the Sudzha gas distribution station on November 17, according to data released on the website of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU). The transit line through Ukraine remains the only route to supply Russian gas to western and central European countries after Nord Stream was damaged.
Gas deliveries via Nord Stream were fully suspended in early September until oil leakages at compressors of the Portovaya station were fixed. However, on September 26, unprecedented damage was registered at three lines of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. Swedish seismologists reported two explosions recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines. The timeframe for the recovery of the gas transport infrastructure is impossible to estimate so far.