Europe will enter the autumn-winter period with a shortage of gas in half-empty underground storage facilities. This was stated by the head of the board of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller at the International Business Congress.
Europe will not have time to fill its gas storage facilities before the onset of the autumn-winter season, the lag in pumping is very large and currently amounts to 22,9 billion cubic meters. It will not be possible to make up for the lag, but it depends only on Europe, with what volume of deficit it will approach the cold weather.
(...) the gap in gas injection into underground gas storage facilities in Europe cannot be made up. Europe will enter the autumn-winter period with a shortage of underground storage facilities. The only question is with what volume?
- said the head of Gazprom.
Miller noted that it was precisely the strong lag in gas injection into storage facilities that led to an increase in gas prices in Europe.
Meanwhile, a group of members of the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate the actions of Gazprom, which, in their opinion, led to an increase in gas prices in Europe. It is easy to guess that all the MPs who signed the letter with accusations represent Poland and the Baltic countries.
Meanwhile, some experts say bluntly that the shortage of gas in Europe before the cold weather and the rising prices for blue fuel are nothing more than retribution for the actions of the European Union. Europe's desire to "punish" Russia with the adoption of several laws, including the EU Gas Directive, has led to the fact that Gazprom is physically unable to increase gas supplies, as it violates European law.