Since the beginning of the Russian occupation Crimea has been supplied solely from Strilkove gas deposit located in the Kherson region of Ukraine near Arabat Spit, stated the press service of the National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Russian gas is not supplied to Henichesk,” – said in Naftogaz’s statement.
According to the report, Henichesk is not physically connected to any other part of mainland Ukraine’s gas transit network.
In Naftogaz reported that in the summer Henichesk is the supplied with gas by the production at Strilkove field. Excess gas extracted in the summer, which is not used by the residents of Henichesk, is transferred to the temporary storage in Hlibovskyi UGS, which is located in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. In the winter Ukrainian gas from UGS is supplied to Henichesk to cover peak consumption levels.
“From January 1, 2016 Russian occupation authorities of Crimea has blocked the supply of the Kherson gas stored in Hlibovskyi UGS in Crimea during four days. The volume of gas in Hlibovskyi UGS is more than enough to meet the needs of the town by the end of the heating season”, – stressed in Naftogaz.
It also reported that in 2014 the city has used 9.2 million cubic meters of gas. The maximum production capacity of the field is 25 million cubic meters of gas per year. The gas field has been operated by a private Ukrainian gas production company Plast since March 2014.
It should be recalled that on January 2 the gas pressure drop occurred in municipal pipeline system of Henichesk. 2,000 customers in municipal buildings and near 400 private households had insufficient gas pressure. The two gas distribution stations were switched from automatic to manual control. On the morning of January 3 the gas supply has been restored to the most of the customers, problems remained only in the private sector.
On January 5 Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Gennady Zubko said that all consumers in Henichesk district are currently fully supplied with electricity and centralized water supply. According to him, gas was fully supplied to the hospital, three schools were transferred to minimal pressure on the winter holidays, four kindergartens – on solid fuel boilers.
He also said that for today there are three heated shelters in Genichesk for up to 280 people.