The explosion took place at one of the biggest gas pipeline in Weiden an der March district, Austria on December 12 as the press service of the local police reported.
Preliminary, the police noted that the explosion took place due to technical problems and the investigation was begun due to the incident. The Eustram Gas Company also confirmed that the incident happened due to the technical deficiency.
The local edition Noe.orf.at reported that at least one person died and 18 were wounded in the result of the explosion citing the information of the Red Cross of Lower Austria. The law enforcers reported on the death of one person and 21 victims of the explosion.
The Directorate General for consular service of the Minister of Foreign Affairs reported that there are no citizens of Ukraine suffered or perished in the result of the explosion in Weiden an der March.
It was also reported that the explosion caused the fire and six household buildings are on fire due to this. The cars began to melt at the parking. A few fire brigades and rescue groups worked in the scene.
Later Reuters reported that the fire was completely choked.
Bloomberg reported citing the Austrian E-Control that the transporting of gas to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia was stopped in the result of the explosion. Also, it was reported that the transporting of gas to Slovakia was stopped. Interfax reported citing the transport operator Gas Connect Austria Gmbh that the transit of gas from Austria to the south and southeast is also stopped until the further announcements.
It is noted that the conjugated operators were informed of the prompt response. The Russian ‘Gazprom’ claimed that the company works out the plan of the redistribution of the gas streams to deliver gas to the clients trouble-free.
Also, it was reported that the transit of the Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine can decrease by one third.
At the same time, Andry Kobolev, the Head of ‘Naftogaz-Ukraine’ noted that the explosion at gas pipeline in Austria will not influence the provision of the Ukrainian clients with the gas.
‘The Ukrainian reservoirs keep volumes that bigger by 15% then the last year. We are able to increase the gas withdrawal from the underground storage facility for the Ukrainian consumers even in the terms of the temporary stop or restriction of the gas supply from Europe’, Kobolev noted.
It is also reported that the price of the gas harshly increased in the European countries due to the explosion in Austria. Bloomberg reported that the gas price in the UK increased by 23% and reached the highest index since December 2013.
The gas-distributing plant where the explosion took place is owned by the Austrian oil and gas company OMV and it takes about 40 billion of the cubic meters of the gas from Russian and Norway per year. The incident influenced the biggest Austrian gas terminal that deals with the distribution of the Russian gas in Europe. The transport operator Gas Connect Austria turned off the gas pipeline manually and it does not work in the moment.