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Gazprom CEO Warns Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Far From Over

  • Despite Europe’s nearly full gas storage, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller is warning that an abnormally cold period could be devastating.
  • Miller added that even though Europe will likely survive the winter, the energy crisis is far from over.
  • The UK is also worried about its natural gas imports this winter, with risks of power blackouts across its grid.

Even though Europe's natural gas storage for this winter is nearly full, the head of Russian energy Gazprom PJSC still warned European households could freeze in the event of a cold snap, according to Bloomberg

"Winter can be relatively warm, but one week or even five days will be abnormally cold, and it's possible that whole towns and lands, god forbid, will freeze," Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said at Russian Energy Week in Moscow. 

Miller said during peak winter demand days, Europe could experience a gap of 800 million cubic meters of NatGas per day, or about one-third of its total consumption. The figures were from a report by unidentified analysts. 

Natgas to Europe is stable so far this week, albeit at reduced levels over the past year. Shipments via Ukraine are one of the last remaining Russian supply lines to western Europe after the bombing of Nord Stream pipelines. Even though NatGas shipments have dwindled and pushed many European economies to the brink of recession, inventories across the continent are nearly full at 91%. 

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The good news is EU storage is above a 10-year average of 71% for this time of year. 

Dutch front-month gas futures, a European benchmark, has been nearly halved since late August on relief from inventories and hopes of a warmer winter. 

But new data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) outlines that a high-pressure system over western Europe could bring colder weather, less wind, and less rainfall. Less wind would reduce the generation of renewable power.  

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Gazprom's CEO said EU NatGas inventories could be drained to 5% full in March... 

"Sure, Europe will survive, but what will happen by the time of gas injection" into storage before winter of 2023 and 2024.

"It will be clear then that energy crisis has come not for a short period of time."

It appears Europe's energy crisis is far from over... The UK is already warning about its inability to import enough NatGas this winter, threatening to unleash power blackouts across its grid. 

By Zerohedge.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on October 13 2022 said:
    It isn’t only Russia’s giant gas company Gazprom that is warning that Europe’s energy crisis is far from over and could last to 2024 if not beyond, but also many experts are now saying that the EU particularly Germany may neither be able to avoid a gas emergency this winter nor descending fast into recession because of staggering energy prices and extreme shortages of intermediate products.

    Alexey Miller the CEO of Gazprom said at Russian Energy Week in Moscow that even though Europe's natural gas storage for this winter is nearly full, the European households could freeze in the event of a cold snap. He added that during peak winter demand days, Europe could experience a gap of 800 million cubic meters (mcm) of natural gas a day, or about one-third of its total consumption. He warned that gas inventories could be drained to 5% full in March.

    On Thursday, France started sending natural gas directly to Germany in an attempt to alleviate the energy crisis in Europe’s biggest economy, which used to rely heavily on Russian gas supply before the war in Ukraine.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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