Thursday, November 29, 2012

Slovakia has for the upcoming winter season enough gas reserves

According to the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic Tomáš Malatinský Slovakia has enough gas for the upcoming winter season. "Slovakia currently has sufficient capacity gas storage facilities, which together with interconnections with neighboring countries allows a reliable and safe supply of gas," said Malatinský at The 6th Annual Energy Conference - The Common EU Energy Policy and the Energy Security of Slovakia. The possible interruption of gas supplies from the Russian Federation through Ukraine would not surprised Slovakia.

New pipeline links with neighboring countries would set the tranquil winter to Slovak consumers. The technical measures were implemented under the terms of connection Slovak and Czech transmission system. They will allow reverse flow from the Czech Republic to Slovakia with a capacity of 15 million m3 per day, which can be extended, if necessary, to 25 million. m3 per day. "The company Eustream, which is the transmission system operator is able to run a reverse flow in the fully automatic mode and thus transported gas that exceeds the daily consumption of Slovakia in the winter months," said Malatinský. Slovakia has launched to reverse flow also with Austria. The capacity is 17 million. m3 per day. These days Slovakia is already working on projects of gas pipeline links with Poland and Hungary.

In the potential crisis Slovak consumers will have enough gas thanks reservoir of natural gas, which are operated by Nafta, Pozagas, and SPP Storage. The total storage capacity is 3.5 billion m3 of gas. In August of this year 2.9 billion m3 of gas, i.e., approximately 83 % of the total capacity was held. For the purposes of Slovakia is also used underground storage Bojanovice in the Czech Republic, operated by SPP Storage. The capacity is 0.57 billion m3.

 Slovakia, when necessary, will rely on additional diversification of the gas supply, which concluded Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP) with E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF SUEZ. On the basis of agreements, the auxiliary gas supply can be ensured for the Slovak market additional approximately 3 million. m3 of gas per day during the crisis.

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