Flows through Russia's Yamal-Europe gas pipeline turn eastwards

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A worker checks pipes at a gas compressor station on the Yamal-Europe pipeline near Nesvizh, some 130 km (81 miles) southwest of Minsk December 29, 2006. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - A section of the Russian Yamal-Europe pipeline reversed flows on Tuesday morning, with gas heading eastbound to Poland from Germany having flowed west earlier in the morning.

The pipeline is one of the major routes for Russian gas supplied to Europe, and with markets on edge about possible disruptions to energy supplies following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, European gas prices rose on Tuesday morning.

The benchmark front-month Dutch gas price was up almost 12% at 123.50 euros per megawatt hour (MWh).

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Data from operator Gascade showed gas flows eastwards at the Mallnow exit point were at 4,997,859 kilowatt-hours per hour (kWh/h) having flowed in the other direction earlier this morning.

Gas had previously been flowing towards Germany amid strong demand and high gas prices.

Russia's gas company Gazprom was not immediately available to comment.

Russian gas flows to Europe through other major routes including the Nord Stream 1 pipeline across the Baltic Sea were stable on Tuesday morning.

Flows through Nord Stream 1 were steady at 73,286,889 kWh/h, operator data showed.

For supply into Slovakia from Ukraine via the Velke Kapusany border point, capacity nominations stood at around 882,527 megawatt hours per day.

Gazprom said on Tuesday it was continuing gas shipments via Ukraine, with volumes at 109.6 million cubic metres per day, broadly unchanged this month.

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Susanna Twidale in London; editing by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens

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