German media revealed that France has become the largest buyer of Russian liquefied natural gas in the recent period, after a number of European countries abandoned it.
And the German newspaper continued, citing data from the Finnish analytical center CREA, that this result is due to the fact that France suffers from problems in the energy sector and for technical reasons it was necessary to suspend the operation of many nuclear power plants, which led to a decrease in electricity production.
The newspaper commented that France has no longer received Russian gas through pipelines since mid-June, but unlike Germany, there are four stations to receive LNG simultaneously.
The decline in Russian gas exports this year is also linked to the suspension of supplies through the Yamal-Europe pipeline since May, as well as to a decrease in pumping through the other two main passages – Nord Stream and the Ukrainian gas transportation system.
And where Gazprom stopped supplying gas to Bulgaria and PGNiG to Poland, in the last days of May – Gasum to Finland and GasTerra to the Netherlands, and in early summer – Shell Energy Europe to Germany and Ørsted to Denmark.