Russia-Ukraine gas dispute leaves Slovakia unruffledSME #Anti_CorruptionAugust 14, 2019
ALTHOUGH the recent gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine has not seriously affected Slovakia, the temporary cut in natural gas supplies from Russia has reopened debate on Slovakia’s energy policy, especially its dependence on Russian gas.
Supplies of Russian natural gas to Slovakia fell by 30 percent on January 2, but returned to normal levels the next day.
The temporary shortfall had forced Slovak gas utility Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP) to draw from its underground storage tanks in the Záhorie region of Western Slovakia, but on January 3 Philippe Boucly, chairman of the SPP Board of Directors, confirmed that gas supplies to Slovakia were again at standard levels.
Slovak officials stressed that the dispute was unlikely to seriously threaten Slovak energy supplies, and Economy Minister Jirko Malchárek called a special meeting to review the situation.
Slovak-Russian relations are also extraordinarily good after Minister Malchárek’s last visit [to Russia],” Economy Ministry spokesman Róbert Beňo told The Slovak Spectator.
“A short-term shortage of 30 percent of daily gas supplies from Russia cannot possibly have any impact on gas prices,” Beňo added.
Slovakia has recently been revising a 1999 document outlining the country’s energy strategies with the aim of reducing Slovakia’s dependence on imported energy.
Slovakia imports 90 percent of its primary energy sources.
However, the Economy Ministry believes the recent gas dispute will not have a direct impact on the energy strategy.
“Slovakia’s energy policies do not depend on relations between Russia and Ukraine.
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