RUSSIAN GAS TO AUSTRIA: UP 79.5%
GAZPROM - A working meeting between Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, and Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board of OMV, took place at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017.
The meeting was focused on natural gas supplies from Russia to Austria. It was highlighted that, following last year's increase of 38 per cent, Gazprom continued to boost its gas exports to the Austrian market. Specifically, from January through May 2017 Russian gas deliveries to Austria added 79.5 per cent compared to the same period of 2016.
The meeting participants stressed the strategic importance of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in addressing the growing demand for Russian gas in Austria and other European countries.
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