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November 12, 2019

Poland continues to suffer shortfall in Russian gas deliveries

Poland’s gas monopolist PGNiG continues to suffer shortfalls in deliveries of natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom vis-a-vis ordered levels, the CEO of the nation’s gas pipeline operator told reporters Wednesday.
“PGNiG is currently ordering about 20% more than it is receiving,” Gaz-System CEO Jan Chadam told reporters.
Chadam put daily deliveries from the east at “about 19 to 20 million cubic meters (mcm), about the same as at the beginning of September.” Daily consumption runs 28-30 mcm and deliveries from the west at 10 to 12 mcm, he said.
Poland continues to send natural gas to Ukraine in reverse flows, but “we are not thinking of increasing the reverse capacity to Ukraine.”
Poland began warning of shortfalls in deliveries from Gazprom mid last week.
At the same time PGNiG expects no limitations on gas supplies to largest clients in winter, even if Gazprom fails to fully meet PGNiG’s orders, deputy CEO Jerzy Kurella told reporters on Wednesday.
“PGNiG does not expect gas deliveries to largest clients, e.g. the chemical firms, to be in any way affected in the winter time,” Kurella said. “If weather conditions are normal, the deliveries will be realized even if Gazprom does not fully meet PGNiG orders.” “The company has record high levels of gas in storage and has access to interconnectors and thanks to this it is capable of meeting its contracts,” he added.

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