Romania imported 3% less Russian gas in 2020

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The Russian group Gazprom exported to Romania last year a quantity of 962 million cubic meters (mcm) of natural gas, decreasing by 3.2% compared to 994 million cubic meters in 2019, the company’s data show.

According to these data, Romania is one of the smallest Gazprom customers in the region, given that last year Hungary imported 8.637 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Gazprom, the Republic of Moldova 3.04 billion cubic meters, Bulgaria 2.28 billion cubic meters and Serbia, an amount of 1.346 billion cubic meters, according to Agerpres.

Basically, the only countries in the Central and Eastern European region that have lower natural gas imports from Gazprom than Romania are Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Macedonia.

Overall, Gazprom’s exports to Europe fell by 12.1% in 2020 to 174.97 billion cubic meters, as prices and demand in the energy industry were affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Gazprom’s main European customer was Germany, where imports fell 14.3% in 2020 to 45.8 billion cubic meters. Gazprom’s next two major markets are Italy and Belarus, where the Russian group’s exports fell by 5.9% and 7.4%, respectively.

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