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Poland's Yamal gas pipe reopened

PR dla Zagranicy
Victoria Bieniek 23.06.2017 08:30
Polish gas operator Gaz-System has resumed receiving Russian gas through the Yamal pipeline after it was suspended due to contamination on Wednesday.
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Poland was forced to use some of its reserves but the country's Gaz monopoly PGNiG's CEO said that if the quality of the Russian gas improves soon, winter supplies will not be affected.

“Again we are dealing with a situation in which the continuity of supplies is interrupted without forewarning from the supplier that is Gazprom,” PGNiG said in a statement.

“There is, for now, no reason to think that the cause of the situation is anything other than a technical fault,” PGNiG said.

According to public broadcaster TVP, the Russian gas had been watered down.

Gazprom deputy CEO Aleksandr Miedwiediew confirmed that the quality of gas did fall on Wednesday but he said the problem was fixed on Thursday, adding that Gaz-System was exaggerating, according to the Interfax news agency.

Polish media reported that Miedwiediew is expected to be asked whether unscheduled breaks in gas supplies are politically motivated during his planned trip to Poland next week.

The 4,000 km long Yamal pipeline transports gas from Russia's natural reserves in Siberia to Germany. (vb)

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