As of April 2021, Russian natural gas is supplied to Romania via TurkStream without using the Ukrainian transmission system.
The real winter, which finally set in all over Europe in early 2021, gave the Russian gas supplier a good run for its money.
Due to limited production, Europe has long been dependent on natural gas imports from other countries, with the largest volumes of EU gas traditionally flowing from Russia.
The Russian government has adopted a long-term programme to develop the LNG sector, envisioning a massive (triple, some sources say) increase in production over the next fifteen years.
Chairman of Russia’s Gazprom Supervisory Board Viktor Zubkov stated with confidence that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be completed this year.
The Russian oil and gas giant closed the last year with a massive loss – the equivalent of $9.3 billion.
The milestone cargo was loaded on the Arc7 ice-class tanker “Nikolay Zubov” and represented the 685th cargo of LNG dispatched since the first cargo in December 2017.
Germany and Austria are not the only ones lobbying for the Russian gas pipeline. The Dutch government has also been supportive of the Russians.
Work to lay Gazprom’s gas pipeline to Germany in Danish waters is due to start in late March. The mainline is expected to be ready by September’s end.
The Russian company increased its gas supplies to Europe by almost 30 percent in the first period of 2021.