Russian Gas Supplies to Italy have Resumed

Aaron Brown
December 15, 2017

"Eighteen people are injured and one is dead", Lower Austria police chief Markus Haindl said in the wake of an explosion at a Austrian OMV oil and gas company's natural gas depot in Baumgarten.

Local police announced on Twitter that the blast occurred "due to a technical cause", adding that an investigation has been opened.

From 8pm Greenwich time, Italy again received Russian gas, the operator of the Italian gas transmission network Snam said.

"We can't say much ..."

Ukraine's state gas and oil firm Naftogaz said earlier this year it had imported 7.1 bcm of natural gas in the first nine months of this year and nearly all of its imported gas came from Slovakia.

"Avoid the area and follow instructions of the forces".

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An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off for most of the day.

Central European Gas Hub, located in the Austrian town of Baumgarten on the border with Slovakia, is an worldwide trading platform for gas and one of the three largest gas distribution centers in Europe.

Videos and photos have surfaced online, which show the fire caused by the explosion.

"We don't now assume any problems with the supply of gas but we are observing the situation with utmost attention", Berlin-based FNB said in a statement.

The major Slovakian supply route to Ukraine is unaffected, it said.

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