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Jahnátek: Slovak industry hit hardest in EU by cuts in gas supply

Slovak industry is facing the worst situation among the EU-member states that have been cut off from Russian gas supplies, while Bulgaria has the worst problems so far as the effect on the general public is concerned, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek said at a press conference on January 13.

Slovak industry is facing the worst situation among the EU-member states that have been cut off from Russian gas supplies, while Bulgaria has the worst problems so far as the effect on the general public is concerned, Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek said at a press conference on January 13.

According to Jahnátek, pressure in the Slovak gas transmission system has been stabilised. "Supplies to any location in Slovakia shouldn't be in jeopardy," he said.

No gas from Russia had reached Slovakia by early on the afternoon of Tuesday 13, and Slovak gas utility SPP was therefore searching for supplies from neighbouring countries, the TASR newswire wrote. "Currently, we're able to supply the entire territory (of Slovakia) for 12 days, and we're doing everything we can to prolong this period," said SPP CEO Bernd Wagner.

"We're walking on a swaying rope. On one side is the stability of the transmission system, while on the other is the disruption to gas supplies. We don't know when we'll fall off, but for now we're holding on and are balancing," said Jahnátek.

Paolo Ruzzini, the CEO of Slovakia’s largest electricity-generating company, Slovenské Elektrárne, noted that the electricity-transmission system was stable.

The EU Energy Minister Council session on Monday, which was attended by Jahnátek, concluded that in future it will be necessary to submit strong protests against cuts in gas supplies, to ensure gas reserves, to prepare mutual transmission connections between neighbouring countries and to prepare alternative gas routes. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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