PGNiG, the Polish oil and gas company stopped withdrawing gas from Russia’s Yamal gas pipeline. The reason is the Russian side supplied low-quality fuel to Poland; the Polish side now intends to fine the Russian gas operator, the Gazprom company. Piotr Wozniak, the head of PGNiG said that as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.
‘We’re going to have to fine Gazprom, which is foreseen by our contract,’ he said.
According to Wozniak, if Russia resumes gas supplies of adequate quality since June 23, that will have no impact on the heating season 2017-2018. However, if Russia continues to transport low-grade gas, PGNiG will have to withdraw the fuel from its own gas depots located in southern regions.
The official added that the Russian side never informed their Polish partners about the reason why they supplied the low-grade gas.
Wozniak also marked that gas supplies from the Far East are always a ‘risky case’, because such situations could happen again; in 2019, Russia even could shut down the gas pipeline that crosses the territory of Ukraine and goes further into Europe.