Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz said on Tuesday that Russian gas supplies via Ukraine have reached Slovakia. Hungary could take 10 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas deliveries via Ukraine already on Tuesday.
“The gas has started arriving in Slovakia via Uzhgorod (compressor station),” a Naftogaz spokesman told Reuters. There was no immediate confirmation from Slovakia that it was receiving gas.
Hungary could take delivery of 10 million cubic meters of gas via Ukraine already on Tuesday, if there are no technical obstacles, Russia’s Gazprom told its Hungarian partner E.ON Földgáz Trade, E.ON Földgáz Trade spokesman István Kutas told MTI. A further 2 mcm of Russian gas could arrive in Hungary via Austria on Tuesday, Kutas said.
Deliveries of Russian gas to Hungary via Ukraine were halted on January 6 because of a price row between Moscow and Kiev. Domestic demand has been met with gas from commercial stores, domestic exploitation and imports from Austria.
Hungary’s commercial gas stores were reduced from 3.2 billion to 2.3 billion cubic meters since they were tapped to meet domestic demand Kutas told MTI on Tuesday. It was not necessary to tap Hungary’s 500 mcm strategic reserve.
Hungarian oil and gas company MOL told MTI on Tuesday that it, together with France’s GDF Suez, would continue to deliver a daily 0.96 mcm of gas to Croatian peer INA through the pipeline from Austria for another two days. (Reuters, MTI)