Ukraine stopped the work of compressor stations working in the direction of the Balkans
SOFIA, January 6 (Itar-Tass) -- The Ukrainian side overnight, without notification, stopped the work of the compressor stations working in the direction of the Balkans. The transit gas supply through Ukraine to the region is completely halted.
The Ukrainian side stopped the work of the compressor stations at 04:30 Moscow time, the Bulgarian Economy and Energy Ministry’s press centre said.
Aside from Bulgaria, the gas transit across Ukraine is stopped to Greece, Turkey and Macedonia.
A crisis headquarters is set up at the Bulgarian Economy and Energy Ministry. Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev planned to hold a meeting at 11:00 Moscow time in connection with the problem. Heat stations in Bulgaria are ready to use reserve fuel.
The gas supply situation in Bulgaria is viewed as critical. The economy and energy minister convened a meeting of the security and crisis council at 08:00 Moscow time. Specialists in the situation must retain the work capability of the country's gas and heat supply system and prevent breakdowns. The gas supply from the Chiren storage facilities is increased to 4.3 million cubic metres to meet minimum needs. The Economy and Energy Ministry has asked all gas consumers to reduce consumption and use other energy sources.