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Supplies of gas from Poland suspended

Poland-Ukraine gas oipeline depressurized

Supplies of gas from Poland suspended
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Ukraine has suspended the import of natural gas through the territory of Poland after an accident on the main gas pipeline in Lviv region on 9 September morning, said the operator of gas transportation system, Ukrtransgaz.

"In Lviv region there was a depressurization of the main 800 mm gas pipeline, the import of gas through Poland is temporarily suspended. Repair works are underway," the company said in a statement.

Ukraine imports gas via Poland through the Komarno-Drozdowicze pipeline via the the Germanovichi gas measuring station (Poland).

The capacity of the reverse pipeline from Poland to Ukraine is relatively small at 4.3m cu m a day. For comparison, the capacity of the Slovak direction is at 40m cu m.

In 2015, only 141.795m cu m were imported from Poland, which accounted for mere 0.86% of Ukraine's gas imports in 2015, including Russia (16.406bn cu m).

Ukraine is in the active phase of gas injection into its underground storage facilities. Currently, about 13bn cu m of gas is pumped in, with 4bn more needed for the upcoming heating season.