"The overall growth in consumption is 2.6 percent, compared to the same period in 2015. This is a factor that has worked to increase the [exports] volume. And such a factor as natural index for the EU states was favorable in the first six months for the supply of gas to the European market. In general, everything projects the [same] picture that we see today…. The trends are sufficiently objective, the factors [of exports increase] continue to work," Miller told journalists, answering weather the gas exports would grow in the coming year.
He recalled that Gazprom indicated almost a 10-percent export growth since the beginning of 2016.
In 2015, Gazprom increased gas exports to non-CIS countries by 8 percent, compared to 2014.