Gas supply to Croatia
Government Declares a State of Crisis
Due to problems arising from the disruption in natural gas supplies, the government has declared a state of crisis after supplies coming from Russia via Ukraine were completely cut overnight. The decision came into effect immediately. The Economy Ministry is to establish measures for ending the state of crisis, the increase of domestic production of natural gas, the limiting of export or increase of import and stopping of supplies being sent to customers being just some of the expected measures.
Dalmatia Will Not Be Facing Problems due to Lack of Natural Gas in B-H
Since Bosnia-Herzegovina has been completely left without Russian natural gas supplies and it has no alternative ways of getting gas or gas reserves, this will not endanger the electricity supplies in Dalmatia. B-H neighbours, including Croatia, have promised to pump in more energy into the B-H power grid if the crisis deepens.
The delivery of natural gas from Russia via Ukraine into Croatia has still not resumed. :-[
The Plinacro company has announced that the current situation was not endangering the stability of the system or the supply deliveries to households and other protected clients.
Plinacro is stressing that all the necessary measures were being undertaken to secure the unimpeded supplies to protected clients.
Meanwhile, the SDP believes Ivo Sanader’s government was to solely blame for the current energy crisis in Croatia.
The heads of the Russian gas giant Gazprom Aleksei Miller and Ukraine’s Naftogaz Oleg Dubina have discussed the gas crisis separately with European Commission and European Parliament officials.
Following the talks Gazprom announced that deliveries would resume once EU observers are positioned along the natural gas pipeline stretching via Ukraine.
If the deliveries of gas to Europe are restarted in the next few hours the full capacity will be reached within two to three days.
No gas for large consumers
As of 10 January, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management is introducing measures that will see limited supplies of natural gas to large consumers after low temperatures saw an increase in consumption and a violation of prescribed measures by some consumers.
The Ministry is stressing that the measures are necessary to ensure the supply of gas to protected consumers ? households, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and other institutions of public significance.
Gas crisis cause of social unrest
So far, some 300 companies and small business have been disconnected from the gas supply system and a further 600 can expect a similar fate over the next couple of days. According to reports from officials in the field, there have been no major incidents, but 30 consumers refused to allow inspectors to seal their gas metres, which will have repercussions in the form of fines as high as 500,000 kuna. On the other hand, due to restrictions, companies are threatening to lay off employees.
Shopping centres, malls left without heating
Due to restrictions in gas supply, a large number of shopping centres have been left without heating. The Shops and Stores Association with the Croatian Employers? Association stated that heating had been shut off at shopping centres Mandi, Avenue Mall and City Centre One, whereas there were only gas reductions at King?s Cross where they plan to switch to alternative heating sources. The Konzum chain store has switched off the gas supply in the majority of its small and large shops, and is considering alternative heating sources wherever possible, as reductions and cuts are causing serious problems for business and sales.
Gas System Stable; Efforts Made To Import Gas
The PM Ivo Sanader said at a government session that Croatia, as far as natural gas went, was in a little bit better position than many southern and SE Europe countries, but it was still doing all to find additional supplies of gas. He added that current reserves were enough to meet the needs for the next two weeks. He went on to say that he hoped a meeting of Russian PM Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian PM Julia Timoshenko planned for Saturday would yield results.
Croatia to import gas from Algiers
Croatia?s oil company INA has signed an agreement with Russia?s Gazprom that is valid until 2010 and we expect Russia to respect the deal for the delivery of natural gas, Prime Minister Ivo Sanader told reporters on Saturday.
Should the blockade continue, we need to ensure additional supplies, and we are already receiving emergency deliveries from abroad.
Russia is prepared to begin talks on a new agreement only after the current one has expired, but we are seeking new sources, Deputy Prime Minister Damir Polancec told reporters, adding that Croatia had enough reserves for the next 13 to 14 days.
Polancec also announced that a partner in Algiers had contacted Croatia and a meeting was planned next week. Should an agreement be reached, Italy?s ENI would deliver gas from Algiers, Polancec said.
Russian gas and warmer weather expected
An agreement reached between Russia and Ukraine will see natural gas reaching Croatia within the next five to six days; until then Croatia has enough supplies.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Damir Polancec, higher temperatures and warmer weather might see an end to gas reductions.
Based on weather forecasts forwarded to the government, temperatures next week will not be as low as those seen in the past fortnight, and coastal and continental Croatia is expected to see temperatures above 10?C with snow and ice melting, which in some regions might result in higher water levels.
Russian Gas Arrives in Croatia
The supplies of Russian gas were restored to Croatia on Tuesday afternoon, so that the Economy Ministry decided to scrap the gas restriction measures.
All restriction measures have been scrapped, while other measures aimed at resolving the crisis situation are still in effect.
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