Gas Flows Reversed Eastward via Russian Yamal Pipeline for 24th Day

MOSCOW (Reuters) — The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, saw flows move east from Germany to Poland for the 24th day on Thursday, data from German network operator Gascade showed.

Since Dec. 21, the link between Poland and Germany had been operating in reverse mode, carrying gas from west to east and putting upward pressure on European gas prices.

The pipeline accounts for about one-sixth of Russia's normal annual gas exports to Europe and Turkey.

Eastbound volumes stood at 8.5 million kilowatt hours an hour (kWh/h), broadly unchanged from Wednesday but up from 7 million kWh/h seen earlier this week, and are expected to remain in reverse until early hours on Friday, data from the Mallnow metering point on the German-Polish border showed.

It is not clear when the pipeline will change the flows back towards Germany, though a source close to Gazprom said the company is expected to switch flows back at some point this month, as Gazprom has paid for westbound volumes.

Capacity nominations for Russian gas flows from Ukraine to Slovakia via the Velke Kapusany border point, another major route for Russian gas to Europe, stood at 288,477 megawatt hours (MWh) on Thursday.

That level was steady compared to nominations seen over the past week but well below levels of more than 900,000 MWh recorded in early December, data from Slovak pipeline operator Eustream showed.

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