Beginning of this month in Vienna has been signed an agreement to extend until 2040 the existing contract between Gazprom Export and OMV Gas Marketing & Trading for the Russian gas supplies to Austria. The current contract is valid until 2028.
The Italian gas market stakeholders didn’t pay too much attention on this message.In the last two years the European gas consumption is rising and the cold weather in Europe between end of February and beginning of March 2018 led to record daily import volumes of Gazprom at that time. Gazprom Export reported for 2nd March 2018 a daily import quantity to Europe of 713.4 million cubic metre which has never been reached before.
Why should this contract extension and in general the plans of Gazprom to bypass the Ukrainian transit route attract much more the interest of Italian stakeholders……..