Ukraine claims Russian gas theft in temporarily occupied territory

The GTS operator has unveiled new details of Russia’s termination of gas transit from the Sohranivka gas metering station in the Luhansk region.

According to Ukrinform, this was reported by the press service of the company in Telegram.

It is noted that at 6:55 on May 11, 2022, the GTS operator of the Russian Federation PJSC Gazprom closed the valve on the Soyuz gas pipeline in Russia. Thus, the transit of gas from the Sokhranovka gas measuring station was suspended.

At 9:00 a.m. dispatchers OGTSU recorded unauthorized changes in gas transportation regimes, indicating the closure of gas valves in the area of ​​​​the Novopskov compressor station in the occupied territory, namely: valves on the Soyuz main gas pipeline, as well as the Novopskov-Shebelin main gas pipeline, which transported gas to the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk areas.

“Currently, there is no transit of natural gas through the GIS “Sokhranivka”. As early as May 9, dispatchers of the OGTSU received information about spontaneous interference from the Novopskovskaya industrial site in transit gas flows through the Soyuz gas pipeline by opening the 17u jumper valve. The information has been further verified and confirmed. An unauthorized withdrawal of transit gas from the Soyuz main gas pipeline to gas pipelines on the territory of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions uncontrolled by Ukraine was recorded,” the OGTSU reports.

In fact, we are talking about the theft of gas and the impossibility of the OGTSU to be responsible for maintaining transit volumes. As a result of the facts of direct intervention of the occupiers in the operating modes of the Ukrainian GTS, the OGTSU was forced to declare force majeure at the “Sokhranivka” point.

“At the same time, the statement about the impossibility of carrying out the transfer of flows from Sokhranovka to the Sudzha point does not correspond to reality,” the OGTSU noted.

Read also: The authorities of the Russian Federation bear full responsibility for stopping gas supply in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions – GTS

Earlier it was reported that OGTSU confirms the possibility of transferring gas transit to the Sudzha GIS.

According to the Ukrainian GTS operator, transit through the Sudzha entry point is 72 million cubic meters of gas per day, according to the nominations presented.

Three gas pipelines with a diameter of 1400 mm pass through the Sudzha GIS point – Yelets – Kremenchug – Krivoy Rog, Progress and Urengoy – Pomary – Uzhgorod – with a total technical transit capacity of 244 million cubic meters per day.

These volumes are more than twice the total transit flow through the Ukrainian GTS according to current contractual obligations (109.6 million cubic meters per day).

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