Sergey Kondratiev, Deputy Head of the Economic Department of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to the Kommersant newspaper on the impact of the accident on the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline on Russian gas supplies to EU countries.
According to Sergey Kondratiev, an explosion on the Urengoy—Pomary—Uzhgorod gas pipeline may have an impact on Russian gas supplies via the Ukrainian route: repairs may probably take up to several weeks.
Both the Russian and Ukrainian GTS are built taking into account multiple redundancy of flows, and switching can take place almost imperceptibly for consumers, he adds.
"In 2022, due to a reduction in exports to the EU, Gazprom's free production capacities in the Nadym-Pur-Taz district increased markedly. Therefore, now the company can, in principle, replace gas supplies by loading the Progress gas pipeline," he believes.
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