MOSCOW, 19 Sep — PRIME. Wind power generation in Europe is steadily growing with the onset of autumn, last week it averaged 17.34% of the total, according to data from the WindEurope association.
The growth of the indicator over the past week amounted to 5.44 percentage points (p.p.). At the same time, in the summer months it was steadily at the level of 9-11% and only once exceeded 15%. In the first week of September, the volume of wind generation in Europe increased by 1.64 percentage points, up to 11.17%, in the second – by 0.73 percentage points, up to 11.9%.
Meanwhile, Russian gas supplies to Europe remain limited. So, the application for pumping towards Ukraine through the Sudzha gas measuring station (GIS) as of September 19 is 42.4 million cubic meters, follows from the data of the GTS Operator of Ukraine. The indicator has been holding at the level of 40-42 million since the end of May. Deliveries through the GIS “Sokhanovka” are not conducted, as Ukraine rejects the application of “Gazprom”.
The Nord Stream gas pipeline has been suspended since the end of August, as during scheduled maintenance, malfunctions were identified at the only operating unit of the Portovaya station. As Gazprom reported, the German Siemens examined the problems and expressed its readiness to eliminate them, but because of the Western sanctions, there is nowhere to do this.
At the same time, the European Union continues to fill underground gas storage facilities, according to the information of the Association of Gas Infrastructure Operators of Europe (Gas Infrastructure Europe, GIE). As of the end of the gas day on September 17 (ended at 07:00 Moscow time on September 18), European UGSFs were 85.58% filled, with a daily increase of 0.28 percentage points (0.37 percentage points on average in August).
The target threshold of 80%, which had to be reached by November 1, has already been overcome by 14 of the 18 EU countries that have gas storage facilities. At the same time, there are 27 states in the EU. Gas storages usually provide 25-30% of the gas consumed in Europe in winter, the European Commission reported in summer. Even close to the maximum reserves in UGSFs of large EU countries do not guarantee a reliable passage of winter, Gazprom believes.