After it was grandly announced that Poland no longer needs Russian gas and would not buy it anymore, it continues to buy Russian natural gas from Germany via reverse flows, Russia’s energy giant Gazprom said on Thursday after it suspended yesterday its direct supplies to the country due to non-payment in rubles.
Gazprom’s official representative Sergey Kupriyanov informed that after it refused to pay for the Russian gas in rubles in line with the new terms, Poland has in fact kept buying Russian gas even after the direct supply was halted.
According to the company’s data, reverse supplies to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline amount to around 30 million cubic meters per day. The data from the German operator of the gas transmission network Gascade, on the other hand, showed that Poland raised fivefold its bid for reverse gas supplies from Germany.
Gazprom halted completely on Wednesday the gas exports to Bulgaria and Poland as they had failed to pay for their fuel in rubles in line with a new payment mechanism and noted that supplies will not resume until Sofia and Warsaw complies with the new terms.
Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, reiterated on Wednesday the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki’s statement from a month ago that Warsaw will ban all Russian gas and coal imports by the end of the year, adding that it does not intend to buy gas from Russian companies anymore.
Although Morawiecki sought to reassure his country that gas will continue to flow to Polish households, Poland’s Deputy Minister of the Interior and Administration Paweł Szefernaker announced on Thursday that several dozen Polish municipalities had been left without gas because of sanctions Warsaw imposed on Russian energy giant Novatek.
Novatek’s subsidiary Novatek Green Energy suspended gas supplies to several dozen Polish municipalities after the sanctions were introduced and the authorities intend to seize the infrastructure owned by the Russian firm to restore the gas supply.