Slovakia is now in its eighth day without any supply of natural gas from Russia, which normally supplies all of the country’s needs.
Gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel, a.s. (SPP) said on Wednesday, January 14, that it is successfully maintaining the stability of the gas supply system across Slovakia. Slovakia has enough gas stored for eleven days of continuous supply to all customers, the SITA newswire wrote.
SPP also confirmed the emergency rules in forces, in particular restriction of large users’ gas consumption to a minimum safe level. Use for heating has not - so far - been limited. SPP said it expects restrictions to continue through Thursday, January 15, at least.
Russia briefly resumed pumping gas through Ukraine on Tuesday 13 January, but stopped a few hours later, claiming Ukraine – with which it is locked in a pricing dispute – was siphoning off gas intended for European countries. Russia also accused Ukraine of being managed by the U.S.A. in the gas dispute.
The Ukrainian state-run power company Naftogaz rejected the allegations, stating that it could not just transport Russian gas to Europe since this would leave some Ukrainian regions without gas supplies for technical reasons. Naftogaz chief Oleh Dubyna told journalists that Russian gas had flowed into Ukraine, but could not be transported further.
Supplies of natural gas from Russia to Slovakia were completely halted overnight on Tuesday January 6/7. Approximately one quarter of the European Union’s natural gas supplies come from Russia. As much as 80 percent of Russian gas for Europe is transported through Ukraine. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Jan 2009 at 18:00