Czechs say gas supplies from Russia halted

Europe faced a deepening energy crunch and more sub-zero temperatures over Russia-Ukraine gas dispute.

Czechs say gas supplies from Russia halted

Gas supplies through the main import and transit pipeline from Russia to the Czech Republic and Western Europe stopped completely overnight, the Czech importer RWE Transgas said on Wednesday.

"The main pipeline from the east was closed from midnight. Supplies are at zero for Slovakia and the Czech Republic," a RWE spokesman said.

Europe faced a deepening energy crunch and more sub-zero temperatures on Wednesday, with Moscow and Kiev showing little sign of a swift resolution of a pricing dispute that has slashed Russian gas supplies to the West.

Russia accused its former Soviet neighbour of stealing about 15 percent the gas it ships across Ukraine to European states.

The EU, which takes a quarter of its gas from Russia, called on Russia and Ukraine to settle their dispute and resume normal deliveries immediately.

RWE said it was making up for the shortage by tapping reserves and was raising alternative supplies through a separate pipeline bringing mainly Norwegian gas.

Bulgaria has cut supplies to industrial customers and other countries said they would be forced to reduce deliveries if the crisis lasted.

Reuters
Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2009, 11:53
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