The German state energy agency announced that the volume of Russian gas supplied to Germany through one of the main gas pipelines that cross Ukraine has fallen by 25%. since Tuesday.
Due to reduced traffic gas volumes to Germany via Ukraine [a través del gasoducto Megal] have decreased by 25% compared to Tuesday”, the agency said on its website, but assured that “they are being compensated by larger flows, in particular from Norway and the Netherlands”.
The operator of gas pipelines in Ukraine, GTSOUstated in a statement that Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom had “stopped supplying gas” to the Sokhranivka transit point.
GTSOU had announced late on Tuesday that stopped circulation through Sokhranivka, citing interference from the Russian military.
Also on Tuesday, the Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz said that he had told Gazprom that he had already was not responsible for the transit of gas through the territory occupied by Russian forces.
The volume of gas passing through that zone represents a third of the total transiting through Ukraine to Europeaccording to Naftogaz.
The kyiv announcement fuels fears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could push up prices, which are already soaring even higher.
“Gazprom turned off the tap” in Sokhranivka, GTSOU said on Wednesday.
The company also explained that Russia had redirected the gas destined to transit through Ukraine to the breakaway republics of the east.
GTSOU had promised to temporarily redirect all supplies through another crossing point in the north, Sudzha, in order to “full fulfill its transit obligations with European partners”.
Svitlana Zalishchukone of the main advisers to the Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz, told AFP that Russia had increased volumes through Sudzha by 15%, but warned that it was not “enough” to offset the drop through Sokhranivka..
Figures released by GTSOU on Wednesday showed that flows through Sokhranivka had fallen to zero.
The fall of gas in transit through Ukraine on Wednesday could have decreased by 18%, that is, from 88 to 72 million cubic meters, compared to Tuesday.
(With information from AFP)
Gazprom confirmed the reduction of gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine
Ukraine temporarily stopped the transit of a third of the gas it transports to Europe
Germany recommitted to independence from Russian gas “forever”