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Russian gas supplies to Poland stable

October 03, 2014, 18:54 UTC+3 WARSAW

Poland on Thursday announced resuming reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine

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WARSAW, October 3. /TASS/. Russia’s gas supplies to Poland are stable, Polish energy company PGNiG and the country’s pipeline operator Gaz-System said in a joint statement Friday.

“Gas supplies in the eastern direction from September 26 to October 2, 2014, were stable, ensuring safe operation of the transmission system in Poland. The average gas consumption amounted to 31 million cubic meters of gas last week. It was satisfied by imports and domestic production,” they said.

The gas stored in underground facilities was not used to cover the demand, the companies said.

Poland has been receiving 19-20 million cubic meters of Russian gas per day, which is 20% less than PGNiG requested from gas giant Gazprom, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Infographics Russian gas in Europe

Russian gas in Europe

One-third of gas consumed in EU comes from Russia. Infographics ITAR-TASS
The decline in supplies is explained by a sharp increase in volumes of gas requested by the Polish company, according to the statement.

Poland's reverse gas flow to Ukraine

Poland on Thursday announced resuming reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine.

Reverse flows were halted on October 2. A temporary halt of reverse gas supplies from Poland to Ukraine was due to works on the pipeline agreed between the Polish and Ukrainian gas transportation operators.

According to Ukrtransgaz data, Ukraine imported 117 million cubic meters of gas from Poland in September in the reverse flow mode.

Russia-Ukraine gas dispute

Russia stopped gas flows to Ukraine in June over an unsettled dispute over debt and gas prices. Russia said it is ready to resume natural gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev repays its gas debt and makes advance payments for new gas deliveries.

The Naftogaz oil and gas company stopped paying for the consumed Russian natural gas on March 25. As of August 1, the overall debt of Naftogaz to Gazprom for supplied gas totaled about $5.3 billion.

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