Russian invasion: Ukraine wants to stop gas transit through Luhansk

Status: 10/05/2022 22:22

Due to the war, Ukraine wants to cut off gas transit through the Luhansk region to Europe. The Russian occupation makes it impossible to deliver gas to distribution stations, the network operator said.

Due to the war, Ukraine wants to end the transit of Russian gas through the Lugansk region in the east of the country from Wednesday. This saved up to 32.6 million cubic meters of gas per day. According to the Ukrainian gas network operator, this represents almost a third of the maximum quantity that can be transported daily via Ukraine to Europe.

Due to the Russian occupation, it had become impossible to control the Sochranivka point and the Novopskov compressor station, he added. The operator evokes a case of “force majeure”. Sokhranivka is part of the Soyuz pipeline, which connects Russia’s Orenburg region with Uzhhorod in Ukraine.

The partial stoppage of public transport is to be applied from 7:00 a.m. local time (6 CEST). The Ukrainians indicated that the Russians have recently disrupted the operation of the factories. The boss of Ukrainian energy supplier Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, recently warned the Editorial Network Germany (RND) that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Western Europe could be endangered if Russia continues its attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.

Gazprom: diversion impossible

Russian energy giant Gazprom, which recently pumped nearly 100 million cubic meters of gas per day through Ukraine to Europe, said it had received “no confirmation of force majeure”. The Ukrainians have been working “quietly” in Sochranivka in recent weeks.

It is technically not possible to divert deliveries that are no longer available via other routes, spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said, according to the Interfax agency. Gazprom has once again stressed that it will fulfill all its obligations to European customers.

Dependence on Germany decreases

The maximum contractual transit capacity of Ukrainian gas to Europe is 109 million cubic meters per day. However, the main route for transporting Russian gas to Europe is the Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 1. According to Russian information, 60 billion cubic meters of gas per year passed through Nord Stream 1 to Europe.

Germany is heavily dependent on Russian gas. Requests for a gas embargo, for example, are therefore very controversial. According to the latest information from the Ministry of Economy, Germany’s dependence on Russian gas has fallen from 55% to around 35% since the start of the war.

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