“The supply of gas to Slovakia was halted overnight,” Slovakia’s main gas supply company, SPP, announced on January 7, the Sme daily reported.
SPP had announced a state of emergency on January 6 because of a 70 percent fall in supply following a row between Russia, which supplies all of Slovakia’s natural gas, and Ukraine, through which the supply passes. According to SPP, supplies to other neighboring countries have also been halted. There are no restrictions on Slovak households’ gas use so far, but supplies to some companies have already been cut.
Hungary’s minister of transport, telecommunications and energy, Csaba Molnár, announced late on January 6 that the government there was instructing big gas consumers to restrict their consumption. The measures mainly affect those facilities consuming more than 2,500 m3 per hour.
The Slovak economy minister, Ľubomír Jahnátek, said on January 6 that Slovakia’s reserves of natural gas would last for about 10 days if supply from Russia was cut by 70 percent and companies, public institutions and households maintained their normal unrestricted consumption. He warned that if normal gas supplies did not resume within 10 days, Slovakia would only have enough gas to supply households.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jan 2009 at 10:00