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Norwegian pipeline natural gas supply to Germany hits record winter high

Staff writer ▼ | March 11, 2016
The amount of natural gas sent via pipelines from the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Germany reached a record winter high after 89 million cu m was delivered on Tuesday.
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Natural gas   Deliveries to Germany have totaled 16.888 Bcm
Norwegian pipeline deliveries to Germany have totaled 16.888 Bcm for the October 1-March 8 period, an average of 106 million cu m/d, moving above the previous record of 16.799 Bcm from the Winter 2014/15 period, an average of 92 million cu m/d, data from Eclipse Energy, an analytics unit of Platts, showed.

Germany has received 32% of all Norwegian pipeline exports so far this winter compared to 29% in Winter 2014/15 and 27% in Winter 2013/14.

German receipts of Norwegian gas have been at record highs so far during the Winter 2015/16 period as cuts to production at the Dutch Groningen gas field - the largest in Europe - have reduced exports of L-cal gas, increasing demand within Germany for H-cal to L-cal conversion as a result.

Net Dutch gas exports to Germany are 37% lower so far this winter at 7.774 Bcm in comparison to 12.343 Bcm between October 1, 2014, and March 8, 2015.

Total Norwegian pipeline gas exports so far this winter stood at 52.591 Bcm on March 8, up 5% from the previous winter period, and already above the Winter 2013/14 total of 52.237 Bcm.

Germany has been the largest recipient of Norwegian pipeline gas each month since March 2015, but early indications suggest that the UK may receive the most gas produced on the NCS in March.

Flows have been diverted away from Germany and towards the UK so far this month, as UK receipts averaged 105 million cu m/d during the first eight days of March compared to the February average of 93 million cu m/d.

Norwegian gas exports to Germany have fallen from a February average of 110 million cu m/d to 85 million cu m/d between March 1-8.