Austria increases Russian gas consumption by 77.2 per cent since start of 2018
St. Petersburg. A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, took place in St. Petersburg.
The parties addressed the ongoing and future cooperation, noting that after its record-breaking year for Russian gas consumption in 2017, Austria continued to show dynamic growth in the gas demand. According to preliminary data, from January 1 through April 8, 2018, Gazprom had supplied Austria with 3.7 billion cubic meters of gas, a rise of 77.2 per cent compared to the same period of last year.
Particular attention was paid to the high reliability of gas supplies, including during the peak cold period in Europe between late February and early March, when only Gazprom was able to promptly increase deliveries and provide consumers with the required volumes of gas.
The parties also discussed the progress of the Nord Stream 2 project. At present, work is underway on obtaining the permits for the construction and operation of the gas pipeline.