Like the Russian news agency TASS reports, the Ukrainian gas transmission operator (OGTS) will stop gas transit towards Europe via the Sokhranovka gas distribution station in the Lugansk region from Wednesday. The operator announced this in a statement on its website on Tuesday.
“OGTS informs that from 07:00 (Moscow time) on May 11, 2022 gas intake into the Ukrainian GTS at the physical connection point ‘Sohranovka’ will no longer be carried out”,
it says in the statement. The operator reports that “force majeure circumstances” have occurred that make it impossible to further transport gas through the Sokhranovka pipeline and the Novopskov border compressor station, which are under Russian control.
The operator points out that the Novopskov compressor station is the first of the Ukrainian gas compressor stations in the Luhansk region, through which almost a third of the gas (up to 32.6 million cubic meters per day) from Russia goes to the EU . The company added:
“In order to fully meet the transit obligations towards the European partners, it is possible to transfer temporarily unavailable capacities from the Sokhranovka physical connection point to the Suja physical connection point, which is located on Ukrainian-controlled territory.”
The company added that its employees are currently unable to “exercise operational and technical control over the Novopskov compressor station and other facilities in these areas.”
More information coming soon…