Russian gas deliveries fall to 88% due to technical issues

Energy Trade

Deliveries of Russian gas to Hungary have dropped to 88% of normal levels in recent days because of technical issues, but the country's energy supply "remains secure," Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a statement issued by his ministry on its Facebook page.

Szijjártó said Alexander Novak, Russia's deputy prime minister in charge of energy, told him by phone that gas deliveries to Western Europe have been reduced significantly over the past days because the equipment used for pipeline maintenance has not been returned due to the sanctions against Russia.

Szijjártó said daily deliveries of Russian gas to Hungary have dropped from 12 million cubic meters to around 10.6 million cubic meters, but that does not pose a problem for supply security.

While a daily 9.4 million cubic meters of gas is arriving via Turkey and Bulgaria through an interconnector with Serbia, without interruption, gas deliveries via Austria have been reduced by a small degree, he added.

Szijjártó said Novak offered assurances that Gazprom would make up for the delivery shortfall, complying with the conditions of Hungary's long-term gas delivery contract.

Hungary's government has asked for the replacement gas to be delivered through the pipeline from Serbia, and talks on the matter have started at the technical level, he added.

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