Ukraine has announced the shutdown of a pipeline through which a third of Russian gas to Europe transits
GTSOU operates gas in Ukraine and now this company has communicated that the facilities, located in the Lugansk region, “are under the control of the Russian Federation”.
“The actions of the occupants led to the interruption of gas transit through the Sokhranivka gas metering station,” the company assured in a note in which it added that, for that reason, they have declared the situation of “force majeure”, a clause invoked when a company is affected by something beyond its control.
The statement reports that as of 07:00 (local time) on Wednesday, gas flows through Sokhranivka will be stopped. This decision could affect up to 33mcm/day, due to disruptions caused by the ongoing Russian invasion.
TSO said it was “impossible” to pump gas through Sokhranivka and the border compressor station at Novopskov, both of which are located in territories occupied by Russian troops. It is the first station of the Ukrainian gas transmission system in the Lugansk region and almost a third of the gas from Russia to Europe transits through it.
The company is therefore asking Moscow to divert its passage to another station through which the rest passes. To meet its transit obligations to European partners, the TSO said it is possible to temporarily reroute flows through the Sudzha interconnection point, which is on territory still controlled by Ukraine.
However, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom claims that “it is technologically impossible” this rerouting. Another blow for Europe after Russia cancelled its supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in early May for refusing to pay for their shipments through the ruble mechanism imposed by the Kremlin following the sanctions.