Eight EU countries hit by Russian gas cuts amid freezing weather

03 February 2012 17:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Eight EU member states are experiencing reduced gas deliveries from Russia amid freezing weather that has struck Europe, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy said on Friday.

Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Italy had reported reduced supplies from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, but none of the countries had seen their available gas fall to emergency levels, it added.

The cuts included 8% reductions in Poland, 24% in Italy and 30% in Austria, the directorate-general said.

Gazprom said that it was supplying as much gas to Europe as it could spare, given that the freezing weather had also gripped Russia where it had caused more than 50 deaths.

But Europe, which has seen around 200 deaths attributed to the exceptional cold, was still receiving gas levels that were contractually guaranteed, it added.

The restricted supplies on 1 February saw Polish gas monopoly PGNiG in turn cut its gas deliveries 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).

The move has so far only hit the production of ZChP, which has reduced its ammonia output by 35%.

By: Will Conroy
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