| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Ukraine says Russian troops at gas compressor stations pose supply risk

The entrance of Russian forces at several of Ukraine’s gas compressor stations poses a risk to European supplies, according to Ukraine’s gas pipeline operator, though there were no early evidence of an impact on flows.

According to transmission system operator statistics, gas supplies into Slovakia from Ukraine via the Velke Kapusany border point were stable at the time of writing.

In 2021, 41.6 billion cubic metres (bcm) of Russian gas was carried via Ukraine to Europe, making it an important supply route, but this was down 25% from the previous year as Moscow seeks alternate routes.

Russian military were stationed at more than one gas compressor station, according to the operator of Ukraine’s gas pipelines (OGTSU), presenting a possible danger to smooth gas transportation to Europe. There was no mention of how many stations were impacted or where they were located.

“The OGTSU asks that military and armed organizations vacate the compressor station land immediately and cease attempting to affect the operation of the GTS (gas transmission system),” it stated.

“Interference in GTS operations’ technological procedures poses substantial concerns to the safety of uninterrupted gas delivery to customers in Ukraine and Europe,” the report stated.

  • Reuters