Gas deliveries from Austria to Hungary fell on Tuesday morning following a drop in the amount of gas Ukraine delivers to Western Europe through Slovakia, János Zsuga of MOL Földgázszállító, the gas transmission unit of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL, told MTI on Tuesday morning.
Zsuga did not say the size of the drop.
Between 6 million and 7 million cubic metres of gas is delivered to Hungary from Austria each day. The shortfall will be covered with gas from underground stores. Hungary has more than 3 billion cubic metres of gas in commercial stores and an additional 500 million cubic metres in a strategic reserve.
Gas consumption in Hungary, where temperatures are below freezing, is expected to be 68 million-70 million cubic metres on Tuesday.
On Monday, Ukraine reduced gas deliveries to Hungary by 8 million cubic metres from the 38 million cubic metres stipulated in its supply contract. The reduction followed a cut of Russia's gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine because of a row over prices.
About 10 million cubic metres of gas delivered to Hungary from Ukraine flows further to Serbia and Montenegro. Csaba Molnár, Hungary's minister in charge of energy affairs, said on Monday that Hungary's would meet the conditions of its contracts on these deliveries. (MTI - Econews)