Russia’s OAO Gazprom exported 16 % less natural gas in January than it did a year earlier, because of warm weather, Interfax said on 20 February, citing a statement from the Energy Ministry.
Moscow-based Gazprom shipped 13.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe and 4.2 billion cubic meters to former Soviet states, the newswire said. Supplies to domestic consumers fell 11% to 44.2 billion cubic meters, Interfax said.
The average temperature in Russia in January was minus 5.6 degrees Celsius (30 degress Fahrenheit), compared with minus 16.7 degrees in January 2006, the newswire said.Russian gas output rose 0.5 % to 61.1 billion cubic meters. Gazprom’s output fell 0.5 % to 51.2 billion cubic meters, Interfax said.