What was first announced and then happened is now also confirmed by the domestic regulatory authority E-Control to the eXXpress: gas is no longer flowing via the Ukrainian key route Sochranivka. Russian gas transit to Europe has dropped to zero here. But a solution has been found for the time being, as Carola Millgramm, head of the gas department at E-Control, tells eXXpress.
The solution has a name and it is called Nord Stream 1: the missing gas will now come from Russia via the Baltic Sea pipeline. It reaches Austria via the Czech Republic at the Baumgarten junction. The natural gas station is the central hub for Austrian and Europe-wide natural gas supplies. The gas inflow on this way will be a little less than before, but still higher than the consumption. Thus, the gas storage tanks can also be filled further.
You should definitely be able to get away with it by autumn. Since Nord Stream 1 has already reached the capacity limit, the gas storage facilities must also be sufficiently filled by then. If that is not the case and, moreover, no gas is still flowing through Ukraine until then, we would have a problem.
E-Control is following the events very closely, Carola Millgramm assures eXXpress. Of course: nobody knows what awaits us in the coming week. The gas is currently flowing and the storage tanks are filling up. Let’s hope it stays that way.