THE SLOVAK natural gas transmission network is now able to move gas from the west to the east of the country in a standard operating mode after the Eustream company officially completed a project costing over €1 million, co-financed by the European Union, on November 30.
The project’s completion is the culmination of an initiative that began in January 2009 in response to a situation in which gas flowing from Russia to Slovakia was completely stopped due to a dispute between Ukraine and Russia. The project diversifies Slovakia’s sources of gas.
Eustream first established a reverse flow of natural gas from the Czech Republic in January 2009 but did so with manual operations and with a smaller volume of gas. It is now possible to start a reverse flow without manual interventions, directly from the gas pipeline’s transmission dispatch centre.
In this reverse flow mode, Eustream is capable of transporting more gas than the peak daily consumption of Slovakia in the winter months, meaning that the country is no longer totally dependent on gas flowing from the east and if there is a gas crisis similar to the one in 2009, Slovakia could receive a sufficient supply of gas from western Europe.
The reverse flow project was overseen by Eustream, a subsidiary of Slovakia’s primary natural gas distributor, SPP, with financial support from the European Commission as part of its European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR). In the winter of 2011, if necessary, Slovakia could tap a sufficient amount of natural gas from the Czech Republic and Austria and also move that gas from western Slovakia to eastern parts of the country.
The project installed high-pressure connections at the distribution hub at Plavecký Peter and at the compressor station in Ivanka pri Nitre, and all of the work was completed on schedule.
5. Dec 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff