According to the decision of the Crisis Committee approved by order of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine dated 26.02.2022 № 87 on the introduction of an emergency crisis “Within the measures provided by the National Energy Action Plan in case of emergency”, natural gas market participants are prohibited from exporting natural gas from the customs territory of Ukraine, including natural gas in underground gas storages of Ukraine in the customs regime “customs warehouse.” This decision doesn’t affect natural gas transit activity.
In this regard, the Gas TSO of Ukraine suspends natural gas transportation services to cross-border exit points from the GTS of Ukraine for natural gas export operations.
From March 4, 2022, capacity distribution and confirmation of nominations/renominations for the purpose of export of natural gas will be stopped.
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to extraordinary and unprecedented conditions and restrictions when all energy companies must focus on maintaining the natural gas supply for Ukraine and Ukrainians, the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) informs.
GTSOU reports damage to the gas pipeline in the Luhansk region
As a result of hostilities on the part of Russia, the first line of the main gas pipeline of the Luhansk-Lysychansk-Rubizhne in the area of the Lysychansk GDS branch was damaged. The company’s dispatchers reported a decrease in the pressure in the system and, at 8:50 on March 3, they cut off the supply of natural gas.
There are no casualties among the employees of the GTS Operator.
GTSOU reminds, on March 2, the air attack damaged two strings of the gas pipeline to the Izyum gas distribution station (GDS) (Kharkiv region), which consumers of Izyum received gas from, and as a result of artillery shelling the administrative buildings of Mykolayiv and Kharkiv were damaged.
Due to damage to the gas pipeline, employees of the GTSOU are forced to deactivate GDS Izyum and Brazhkivka. Due to this, the gas transportation to the city of Izium was stopped. More than 40,000 city residents are left without gas.
“A targeted attack on critical infrastructure is a terrorist act against the civilian population of Ukraine,” said Serhiy Makogon, CEO of GTSOU.
In this regard, the company is preparing an appeal to law enforcement agencies.
According to preliminary information, there are no victims of the explosion among the employees. Gas transportation will be resumed after appropriate repairs as soon as possible.