Slovakia secures natural gas supplies from Baumgarten, Austria.

By bne IntelliNews October 25, 2010
Slovakia can now receive natural gas from the gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria, news agency CTK reported. High pressure connectors and a compressor station will be built in western Slovakia by end-November to facilitate the reverse gas flow from Austria. The reverse flow is expected to secure enough gas to cover the winter consumption of natural gas in Slovakia. The annual gas consumption of the country is estimated at 6bn cu.m. but it is unevenly distributed during the year and could reach 30mn cu.m. daily in the winter. In September it was announced that gas utility Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel signed auxiliary gas supply contracts with energy companies E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF Suez. The contracts provide for an additional 3mn cu. m. of gas daily. If needed, the parties will strive to ensure any additional daily volume. Under these contracts, gas will be shipped via the reverse flow from the Czech Republic. In January 2009, Slovakia suffered from the gas crisis that followed a price dispute between Russia and Ukraine. The reverse flow from Austria is expected to make the country less dependent on Russian gas and more secure in case of a new gas crisis. As of mid-August, the gas reservoirs managed by the companies Nafta, Pozagas and SPP Bohemia, have stored 2.65bn cu. m. of gas, equaling 80% of their capacity.

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