“Naftogaz” announced record pressure drop in gas pipelines

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“Naftogaz” declared that recorded the highest pressure drop in the Russian gas transportation system. After Kiev ceased to consume gas from Russia, the need to maintain the pressure disappeared, explained RBC a source in “Gazprom”

“Ukrtransgaz”, the operator of the gas transportation system of Ukraine and a subsidiary of “Naftogaz”, recorded the highest pressure drop in the Russian gas transport system for gas measuring station Sudzha, the main entry point into the Ukrainian GTS. This is stated in the message “Naftogaz”.

According to the company, the pressure level dropped to “a record low in recent years 49.7 atmosphere instead of the agreed contract 60,0 atmosphere.” The European Commission sent a prompt message on the sudden decrease of pressure, said “Naftogaz”.

The press service of “Gazprom” declined to comment.

Pressure of 60 atmospheres has been agreed upon in technical agreements, “Naftogaz” (Annex to the contract on gas), provided gas consumption by Ukraine to 52 billion cubic meters per year, explained RBC a source in “Gazprom”. According to him, now that Ukraine does not consume Russian gas directly, the need to maintain such a high pressure has disappeared. “Maintenance of the necessary pressure in the pipe is a mutual responsibility. From outside “Gazprom” it is sometimes reduced to prevent unauthorized deposition of gas in the Ukrainian pipe”, — he explained.

In addition, the Ukrainian company indicates a violation of Gazprom’s transit contract. According to her, the maximum level of daily fluctuations of applications for the selection of gas at points of exit from the Ukrainian gas transportation system should not exceed 4.5% of the item Uzhgorod, but in separate days of February, this figure was exceeded twice the norm.

Also in some periods of February the quality of gas that have been entered into the Ukrainian GTS from Russia, did not meet physico-chemical parameters stipulated by the contract, said “Matigas”.

Ukrainian company noted that “systematic noncompliance “Gasprom” transit contract creates risks for uninterrupted supply of gas to the European direction.” However, Naftogaz says the continuation of a stable supply of gas to Europe and all requests importers of Russian gas.

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