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* First eight months saw 10 Bcm increase year on year
* Flows to Germany up 28% in year to September 15

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Russian gas exports via pipeline to Europe and Turkey in the year to date are up by 9.4%, or 10.3 Bcm, compared with the same period last year, state-controlled gas giant Gazprom said Friday, pointing to continued strong flows so far in September.

After a slump in exports in July, Gazprom's supplies to Europe and Turkey -- but not including the former Soviet Union countries -- recovered in August.

Supplies in the first eight months of 2016 were 10 Bcm higher than in the same period last year.

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That implies year-on-year growth in the first half of September of 0.3 Bcm.

Gazprom's gas exports in the first six months of 2016 were up 10.6 Bcm year on year, so exports in the second half are still down year on year.

Gazprom's most recently stated target of total exports to Europe and Turkey in 2016 is 166-170 Bcm, though Miller, speaking in Moscow on June 30, said Gazprom's gas sales in Europe could even exceed that amount if the upcoming winter was cold and the sales dynamics seen earlier in the year persisted.

Gazprom -- while not giving absolute volumes -- broke out the year-on-year supply growth for some of its European customers.

Russian gas supplies to Germany rose by almost 28% year on year from January 1 to September 15, while exports to Austria were up 40% and to Denmark by a huge 222%.

"We continue to record strong demand for Russian gas in the countries along the route of the planned Nord Stream 2," Miller said.

"Nord Stream 2 is being developed in line with the schedule," he added.

Russian gas exports to the UK rose by 55%, to France by 27%, to Poland by 20%, to the Netherlands by nearly 92%, to Greece by 59% and to Macedonia by 20%.

Exports to the countries of the former Soviet Union are also up by 9.4% in the year to date compared with the same period of 2015.

TURKSTREAM, ITGI POSEIDON

With Europe remaining Gazprom's absolute key focus -- especially given the prospect of a large wave of US LNG headed for the continent -- Gazprom is also working quickly to realize new gas pipeline projects.

As well as Nord Stream 2, which still faces intense political opposition, Gazprom is making quick progress on the planned TurkStream line to Turkey.

This week, it was granted by Ankara the first permits for the offshore section of the pipeline in Turkish waters.

It followed the first permits earlier this month, which came just one week after a meeting between Miller and Turkish energy minister Berat Albayrak in Istanbul.

Gazprom has also now opted to build the TurkStream line -- which is expected to have two strings of 15.75 Bcm/year capacity -- right up to the Greek border.

From there it can link in with the once defunct, but now revived, ITGI Poseidon project to pipe Russian gas onward to Greece and Italy. Gazprom in February signed a memorandum of understanding in Rome with Edison and Greece's DEPA outlining the interest of the three parties in the route to Greece and Italy.

On Wednesday, Miller met with EDF CEO Jean-Bernard Levy in Paris where they discussed the creation of new routes for Russian gas exports to Europe "in light of the resumed TurkStream project."

Miller also met with Engie Chairman Gerard Mestrallet to discuss "ongoing and future cooperation", including joint efforts within the Nord Stream 2 project.

Engie was a member of the Nord Stream 2 operating consortium along with four other European partners until August when the companies dropped out of the JV because of Polish competition objections.

--Stuart Elliott, stuart.elliott@spglobal.com
--Edited by James Leech, james.leech@spglobal.com