Slovakian gas reserves prepped for winter
Slovakian gas utility SPP CEO Richard Prokypcak predicts the country's gas reserve will last through the winter demand season without any serious issues, with Gazprom's gas exports into Slovakia still running at around 70% of typical flow, Euractiv reported September 13.
The government in Slovakia has been working to reduce the share of Russian gas in its import mix since the invasion of Ukraine started in February. And while SPP claims Gazprom is still supplying around 70% of Slovakian pre-invasion gas demand, it now believes Slovakian reserves can cover a complete cut-off of Russian supply.
Slovakia's gas storage held 29.8 TWh equating to 78.4% of capacity as of September 11. Bookings for Russian gas inflows via the Ukrainian transit system, which crosses via the Velke Kapusany border point in Slovakia, were averaging 36.9mn m3 /d as of September 1, according to Reuters.
Slovakia's gas market is set to gain later this month from the commissioning of a new gas pipeline to Poland, which will be able to carry Norwegian gas later this year via the Baltic Pipe.