Russian Gas Nominations Through Ukraine’s Sokhranovka Drop to Zero

Russian Gas Nominations Through Ukraine’s Sokhranovka Drop to Zero

Ukraine’s gas pipeline operator reported on Wednesday that no Russian gas transit nominations were received at the Sokhranovka entry point for May 11, following Kyiv’s warning that this route could be shut down, Reuters reported.

According to Ukraine, almost a third of the fuel being transported from Russia to Europe via the transit point will be suspended. Ukraine blamed Moscow for the move and said it would shift its gas flows elsewhere.

Ukraine’s Luhansk region is the route of the gas pipeline via the Sokhranovka point.

The operator of Ukraine’s gas pipelines, GTSOU, announced that it would stop shipments via this route from Wednesday due to “force majeure,” a clause invoked when a business is impacted by circumstances beyond its control.

Russian firm Gazprom, which controls pipeline transportation of Russian gas, said it was technically impossible to move all volumes to the Sudzha interconnection point further west, as GTSOU proposed.

According to the data, Russian gas transit requests via Ukraine to Europe were almost 72 million cubic meters on Wednesday.

Total Russian gas flows via Ukraine to Europe reached 95.8 million cubic meters on Tuesday.

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