In recent days, gas supplies via the European branch of the Turkish Stream have set new maximums. Although Hungarian and Austrian companies are still unable to receive gas via the pipeline, its utilization has grown to 88%.
According to the unified platform of the European GTS operators, the average daily gas supplies via the European branch of the Turkish Stream this year amount to about 31 million cubic meters, and on March 22 and 23 they increased to 38 million cubic meters per day. Before that, they were close to these volumes only on January 19, when frosts came to Europe. Then the flow of gas at the Strandzha-2 / Malkochlar point on the Turkish-Bulgarian border amounted to 37.5 million cubic meters.
Due to the unexpected cold snap on March 22 and 23, all consumers are actively taking gas from the Turkish Stream: Serbia – 9 million cubic meters per day, Greece – 8.7 million cubic meters, Romania – 8.6 million cubic meters, and Macedonia – 1.6 million cubic meters. But the largest volumes are imported by Bulgaria. Within two days, they amounted to 10.1 million cubic meters per day.
Obviously, this is due to the situation in the Chiren underground storage facility. By mid-spring, its reserves dropped to 21%, 128 million cubic meters, and from March 18, Bulgartransgaz began pumping gas. The technical characteristics of the UGS facility allow for simultaneous injection and withdrawal of fuel. But together they are limited to a total volume of 4.5 million cubic meters per day. Therefore, during the March frosts, Bulgartransgaz can take only half of the volume that is used in winter.
As TOPNEWS reported, over two and a half months of this year, gas supplies via the Turkish Stream not only almost doubled, but also broke the records of the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline, through which Gazprom supplied fuel to the Balkans and Turkey until 2020.
On the one hand, Turkey has increased the import of Russian gas to the maximum. On the other hand, on January 1, the continuation of the Turkish Stream was launched through Bulgaria to Serbia.
At the same time, according to Bulgartransgaz, from October 1, gas supplies via the Turkish Stream to EU countries must exceed the capacity of the European pipeline. Judging by the materials of the Bulgarian operator, the thread intended for Turkey will also work for Europe. Earlier, Gazprom said that they were discussing with the Turks the transfer of part of the volumes from the local market to the European one. From October 1, it is planned to launch an interconnector from Serbia to Hungary, from which Turkish Stream gas will also be supplied to Austria.