Naftogaz asked European Commission for a transit monitoring mission because of unexplained pressure drops on Russian side

Naftogaz of Ukraine has requested the European Commission to consider forming a transit monitoring mission to examine the significant and unexplained pressure drops in the Russian gas transmission system at the entry to the gas transmission system to Ukraine.

Naftogaz of Ukraine has requested the European Commission to consider forming a transit monitoring mission to examine the significant and unexplained pressure drops in the Russian gas transmission system at the entry to the gas transmission system to Ukraine. The proposal was made in the letter Naftogaz sent yesterday to Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union as well as the Energy Community Secretariat.

During the past several days Ukrtransgaz, Ukraine’s transmission system operator (TSO), has recorded a gradual decline of pressure in the transmission system on the Russian side. Specifically, the pressure at Sudzha gas metering station, the key entry point of Russian gas going to the EU through Ukraine, has dropped from 63.5 atm on 19 July to 52.3 atm on 26 July. The Russian operator is contractually required to maintain at least 60 atm at this exit point. Similar pressure failures were recorded at Pysarevka gas metering station, second largest entry point for gas incoming from Russia.

The same alarming situation was recorded by Ukrtransgaz in the last week of June 2016. In neither case has the company received any warnings or explanations from Gazprom. The pressure failures and the apparent lack of cooperation from the Russian operator pose a technical challenge and put at risk the stability of the Russian gas transit to the EU.

Naftogaz believes that the current situation requires comprehensive discussion involving the representatives of the European Commission. It might be appropriate to consider the application of existing procedures, including ones established within the framework of the Energy Charter in accordance with the Decision of the Energy Charter 25th Conference on Model Energy Early Warning Mechanism (ССDEC2014 (14) TTG).



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