Less gas to Europe: Ukraine halts gas transit through Luhansk

Status: 11/05/2022 10:01 AM

It appears that Ukraine has stopped transporting gas through the Luhansk region to Europe. This is indicated by the data from the operator GTSOU. He cited Russian “interference” as the reason for stopping the transit.

Russia’s war against Ukraine has other implications for gas transit to Europe. As of today, the Ukrainian gas network operator GTSOU has announced that the country will stop transiting Russian gas in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. As a result, Gutsu said, it lost up to 32.6 million cubic meters of gas per day. This is almost a third of the maximum amount that can be transported to Europe via Ukraine per day.

Ukraine suspends gas transit from Luhansk region

Mattia Schulke, WDR, The Daily News 09:00 am, May 11, 2022

Bookings for the transit of Russian gas through the main Sukhranivka route fell to zero in the morning. This is evident from the data received from GTSOU. Sukhranivka is part of the Soyuz pipeline that runs from Russia’s Orenburg region to Uzhhorod in Ukraine.

The Soyuz pipeline passes through Ukraine.

Redirect through another node

Yesterday, the operator announced that it could no longer operate the Novobskov compressor station in the eastern Luhansk region due to “interference of the occupying forces in technical operations”. Therefore, from Wednesday, the flow of gas through the associated Sukharanivka road will be stopped and instead directed through the Suga node. According to the data, the reservation process there in the morning was approximately 72 million cubic meters.

The Ukrainians pointed out that the Russians had recently disrupted the operation of the factories. The head of Ukrainian energy provider Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, recently warned the German Liberation Network (RND) that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Western Europe could be jeopardized if Russia continues its attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.

Gazprom: Transfer is not possible

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom, which recently pumps nearly 100 million cubic meters of gas through Ukraine to Europe every day, said it “has not received any confirmation of any force majeure circumstances.” Ukrainians have been working “quietly” at Sochranivka in recent weeks.

Conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, bombing and casualties provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be directly verified by an independent body in the current situation.

Interfax quoted a spokesman for Sergei Kupriyanov as saying that it was not technically possible to divert shipments that are now no longer available via other routes. Gazprom once again confirmed that it will fulfill all its obligations to European customers.

There are no traces of Germany at the moment

In Germany, there is currently no threat of jams, even if gas transportation is restricted. “The security of supplies in Germany is currently guaranteed,” a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Economics said. The situation is being closely monitored. The Federal Network Agency should make an assessment in its daily report on the situation, which is expected at noon.

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

Germany is highly dependent on Russian gas. Therefore, demands to ban gas, for example, are very controversial. According to the latest information from the Ministry of Economy, Germany’s dependence on Russian gas has decreased from 55 percent to about 35 percent since the start of the war.

Ukraine – gas transportation through the Luhansk region is not possible

Ballina Melling, WDR, 11.5.2022 7:04 a.m.

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