Russia’s natural gas exports to the European Union (EU) and UK plummeted during the first seven months of the year, hitting their lowest point in decades on one route last month, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said this week, citing data from Refinitiv Eikon.

The decline between January and July comes as no surprise as Russia has cut flows to Europe amid its war in Ukraine and Europe’s push to diversify supplies. But the reductions started even before the invasion and have been stark. 

EIA noted that deliveries to EU member countries and the UK fell 40% year/year during the period. In mid-July, the agency said exports on Nord Stream 1 (NS1), the largest Russian pipeline serving Europe, dipped to 1.2 Bcf/d. It was the lowest point in nearly 40 years. 

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