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State-owned Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) had declared force majeure on the Sokhranivka transit point in Ukraine that delivers Russian gas to Europe.
The move by Ukraine’s state-owned gas grid operator would suspend further gas transport through the GMS Sokhranivka physical point and the border Novopskov compressor station (CS), located in Russian occupied territories, from 11 May 2022.
The Novopskov compressor station in the Luhansk region transits up to 32.6 million cubic metres per day from Russia to Europe.
GTSOU said it does not have operational and technological control over the Novopskov station and other assets located in territories occupied by Russia.
In a press statement, the firm said: “Moreover, the interference of the occupying forces in technical processes and changes in the modes of operation of GTS facilities, including unauthorised gas offtakes from the gas transit flows, endangered the stability and safety of the entire Ukrainian gas transportation system.”
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To meet the gas transit obligations to European partners from Russia, GTSOU plans to temporarily transfer unavailable capacity from the Sokhranivka interconnection point to the Sudzha interconnection point, a territory controlled by Ukraine.
“The company repeatedly informed Gazprom about gas transit threats due to the actions of the Russian-controlled occupation forces and stressed stopping interference in the operation of the facilities, but these appeals were ignored,” GTSOU said in a statement.
In response, Russian energy giant Gazprom said that GTSOU’s proposal to shift all volumes to the Sudzha interconnection point further west was ‘technologically impossible’, reported Reuters.