Ukraine waives responsibility for the transportation of gas in Europe

Ukrainian Naftogaz announced Tuesday that Kiev is no longer responsible for the transit of gas through Russian-controlled territory and that Russian Gazprom has been informed of the matter.

The Ukrainian news agency quoted Naftogaz as saying that the decision to decline responsibility affects one third of the total volume of gas transfers to Europe.

Naftogaz added that a notification letter was sent to Gazprom in on what he described as force majeure, which he said prevented the company from making further gas transfers through the Sukhranivka and Novobskov stations, which are in Russian-controlled territories, according to the agency.

Ukraine remains an important one via transit for Russian gas to Europe, even after the Russian military operation on its soil.

JETSO, which operates the Ukrainian gas system, said it will halt shipments via the Sukhranivka route from Wednesday, declaring a state of “force majeure”, a provision that is triggered when a company is exposed to something beyond its control. .

But Gazprom, which has a monopoly on Russian gas pipeline exports, said it was “technologically impossible” to divert all volumes to the Sudga connection point further west, as suggested by Jutsu.

Sergei Makogon, CEO of Jitsu, told Reuters that Russian forces have started transporting gas through Ukraine and sending it in two separatist regions supported by Moscow in the east of the country.

The company said it could not work at the Novopskov gas compression plant, due to “interference by the occupation forces in technical operations”, adding that it could temporarily transfer the affected gas quantities to the Sudga connection point located in the territory controlled by Ukraine.

Russian forces and separatist fighters have occupied the Novopskov gas compression station in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine since Moscow launched the military operation in February.

Jitsu said that the Novobskov station is the first pressure station in the Ukrainian gas transportation system in the Lugansk region and a via of transit for about 32.6 million cubic meters of gas per day, or one third of the Russian gas that is transported through the pipelines to Europe via Ukraine.

Jutsu said that in order to fulfill “our transit obligations towards all European partners” “it will temporarily transfer unavailable capacity” to the Sudja connection point.

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