Gazprom sees no reason to change gas route to Europe via Ukraine

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The Ukrainian gas company has claimed that “force majeure” has temporarily halted the transit of a third of the volumes passing through Sojranivka, under Russian control, and plans to divert it through Sudzha, under Kiev control; Russia rules it out as “technically impossible”

The Russian gas group Gazprom sees no reason to change the gas supply route to Europe via Ukraine after the operator of Ukraine’s gas transmission network (GTSOU) announced on Tuesday that it seemed forced to temporarily interrupt the transit of a third of the gas transport from Russia to Europe by “force of the majority”

The Ukrainian operator states that “the actions of the occupants have led to the interruption of gas transit through the Sojranivka connection point.” A “force majeure cause” that makes it impossible to continue transporting gas through that metering point, on the border with Russia, and the Novopskov compressor station, both located in the eastern Ukrainian province of Lugansk and in Moscow-controlled territory.

The spokesperson for the russian companyHowever, Sergei Kuprinov wrote on Telegram that “Gazprom has not received any acknowledgments of cause of force majeure and sees no impediment to the continuity of work”.

So far, 32.6 million cubic meters of gas per day passed through the Sojranivka station, one-third of the total Ukraine transports to Europe, the GTSOU said.

Several of the operator’s facilities are located in areas controlled by Russia and Russia has no operational or technological control over them, the statement said.
According to the terms of the transit contract with Russia’s Gazprom, these events constitute “force majeure circumstances which make it impossible to fulfill the obligations described therein,” the company justified.

Gazprom assures that Ukrainian specialists have been working regularly in Sojranivka so far and nothing prevents them from continuing the work.

However, the GTSOU pointed out that on a temporary basis and in order to continue to supply gas to Europe in the planned volume, “there is a possibility” to transfer the concerned gas volume from the Sojranivka interconnection point to that of Sudzha (under Ukrainian control and where 77 million cubic meters through it), further north. Gazprom rules out that possibility as “technically impossible.”

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Source: EITB

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