The administrator company of the gas transmission system of Ukraine GTSOU announced today that due to force majeure will stop from tomorrow Wednesday, May 11, the transport of Russian gas to Europe via Sohranifka station.
Ukraine remains transit hub for Russian gas to Europe, even after the Russian invasion of the country on February 24.
GTSOU claims that can not operate the Novopskov compression stationdue to «the intervention of the occupying forces in the technical process “. The station, on the outskirts of Luhansk, was occupied by Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists shortly after the invasion. It is the first compression station in the transit system in the Luhansk region, on a pipeline that carries about 32.6 million cubic meters of gas a day, or a third of Russia’s natural gas to Europe via Ukraine, according to GTSOU.
«In order to fulfill its obligations to its European partners and under the terms of the agreement, it is possible to temporarily transport gas from the Suzha interconnection located in Ukrainian-controlled territoryGTSOU added in its announcement.
For its part, the Russian energy giant Gazprom said tonight that it is not technically possible to transfer gas flow to Ukraine to a new entry pointas suggested by GTSOU, the management company of the gas transmission system of Ukraine.
Gazprom responded that it had received the notice from Kyiv that the flows will stop from 7 in the morninglocal time and assured that it is fulfilling all its obligations to gas buyers in Europe. He added that he did not see any evidence of force majeure, nor any obstruction that made it difficult to transport gas as before.
The Russian company, which has the monopoly exports of natural gas through pipelines, clarified that it is “technologically impossibleTo transfer the entire volume of gas through the Suja interconnection station, as proposed by Kyiv.