Natural gas supplies from the Russian Federation to Slovakia and other European countries have not resumed. Slovakia has been without natural gas for six days. The gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) reported on January 12 that it had successfully maintained the gas system throughout Slovakia. The company said natural gas was supplied to households, hospitals and schools from underground reservoirs and with assistance from E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF Suez, SPP’s foreign shareholders. SPP is continuing to seek additional gas supplies, the company said. Slovakia has enough natural gas to supply all domestic customers for thirteen days. newswire SITA wrote.
SPP announced an emergency situation on consumption of natural gas to restrictive offtake level number 8 from 06:00 on January 12. Level 8 restriction means that industrial customers with a contractually agreed volume of natural gas exceeding 60,000 cubic metres must limit their gas consumption to the safety minimum level. For household heating, gas consumption is not limited. The gas utility assumes that the level 8 restriction for industrial consumers will continue through Tuesday, January 13.
Supplies of natural gas from Russia to Slovakia were completely halted on January 6. SPP declared a state of emergency after the Russian supply declined by 70 percent. The cutoff is a consequence of a pricing dispute between Kiev and Moscow. Russian Prime Minister Putin told European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in a phone conversation that additions made by Ukraine to a previous agreement on the monitoring of gas transit were "unacceptable" and proposed a meeting in Brussels to seek a solution, SITA wrote.
12. Jan 2009 at 15:00