Poland's PGNiG reduces gas supplies on cold snap

01 February 2012 12:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Polish gas monopoly PGNiG has reduced gas supplies to several big chemical producers in Poland, citing extra gas demand caused by the ongoing cold snap that has hit central and eastern Europe, the company said on Wednesday.

Supplies were cut to oil, chemicals and petrochemicals group PKN Orlen; nitrogen fertilizer, caprolactam (capro) and melamine producer Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP); and phosphorous fertilizer and titanium dioxide maker Zaklady Chemiczne Police (ZChP), it added.

None of the companies have reported any disruption yet to production caused by the gas cut, the level and necessity of which PGNiG said was under constant review.

Gas pipeline operator Gaz System requested the cut anticipating a rise in gas demand to more than 70m cbm/day from 65m cbm/day at present, PGNiG said.

On Tuesday, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom reduced its gas exports to Europe to make up for an increase in domestic demand also caused by the freezing weather.

Poland imports two-thirds of the gas it consumes annually from Russia.

By: Will Conroy
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