Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU) reports the occurrence of force majeure, which makes it impossible to further transport gas through the GMS “Sokhranivka” and the border compressor station (CS) “Novopskov,” which are located in the occupied territories. CS “Novopskov” is the first compressor station of the Ukrainian GTS in the Luhansk region, through which almost a third of gas from Russia to Europe (up to 32.6 million cubic meters per day) is transited.
As a result of the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine, several GTS facilities are located in territory temporarily controlled by Russian troops and the occupation administration. Currently, GTSOU cannot carry out operational and technological control over the CS “Novopskov” and other assets located in these territories. Moreover, the interference of the occupying forces in technical processes and changes in the modes of operation of GTS facilities, including unauthorized gas offtakes from the gas transit flows, endangered the stability and safety of the entire Ukrainian gas transportation system.
These actions under the current transit contract are force majeure circumstances that make it impossible to fulfill obligations at the physical interconnection point GMS “Sokhranivka” and at the border compressor station “Novopskov,” which are not currently controlled by GTSOU.
Considering the above, GTSOU informs that from 07 a.m. on May 11, 2022, the offtake of gas to the GTS of Ukraine will not be conducted at the Sokhranivka physical point. To fulfill its transit obligations to European partners in full and following the terms of the agreement, it is possible to temporarily transfer unavailable capacity from the “Sokhranivka” physical interconnection point to the “Sudzha” physical interconnection point located in the territory controlled by Ukraine.
The company repeatedly informed Gazprom about gas transit threats due to the actions of the Russian-controlled occupation forces and stressed stopping interference in the operation of the facilities, but these appeals were ignored.