This confirmed the unofficial information previously published by the Polish media today. Polish Environment Minister Anna Moskw said that Poland was ready to do without Russian energy raw materials.
Gazprom did not inform the Polish side why it was ending its gas supplies. However, the onet.pl portal wrote that last Friday the deadline for Poland to pay for the raw material in rubles, as requested by the Kremlin, expired. However, Warsaw refuses, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called Russia’s approach blackmail.
PGNiG also said that Gazprom had breached a long-term gas supply contract and that it was taking steps to resume supplies, as stated in the contract, Reuters reported. The contract expires at the end of this year, and Polish Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski said the country would cope with the end of supplies now. He added that a supply outage from Russia could replace gas flowing from other directions.
According to Minister Moskwová, Poland’s natural gas storage facilities are 76 percent full and it is currently not necessary to use its reserves. “Poland has the necessary gas reserves and sources of supply that protect our security,” the minister said. She assured that there would be no shortage of gas in Polish households.
Already in the afternoon, when the Polish media brought unofficial information about the termination of gas supplies from Russia, the price of gas in Europe rose by 17 percent, the Bloomberg agency said.
According to the think tank Forum Energii, Poland covers about 55 percent of its natural gas consumption from supplies from Russia. For a long time, regardless of the current conflict in Ukraine, he has been working to replace them from other sources. The construction of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which will allow gas from Norway to flow to Poland, is to be completed this autumn.
Last December, representatives of the Czech Gas Association and NET4GAS stated that a possible interruption of supplies through the Jamal gas pipeline would have no or even very small effect on the Czech Republic. The Czechia mainly takes raw materials from other transport routes, said a representative of NET4GAS, which provides international transport of this raw material to the Czech Republic.
RWE Gas Storage is the largest operator of underground gas storage facilities in the Czech Republic, operating six storage facilities with an operating volume of about 2.7 billion cubic meters. Another operator of underground gas storage facilities in the Czech Republic is the company MND Gas Storage, which owns and operates two storage structures. RWE Gas Storage tanks are now about 30 percent full, this year they started to fill a few weeks earlier on April 1, based on customer requirements. The Czech Republic has a gas supply for about a month, depending on the weather.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) was preparing an amendment to the Decree on the State of Emergency in the Gas Industry in order to strengthen energy security.
Among other things, it imposed on suppliers the obligation to ensure the so-called security standard of supply, where they must have at least 30 percent of their natural gas consumption stored during the heating season. The proposal was to increase this amount to 45 percent, increasing the likelihood of a secure supply of gas to protected customers, such as households and medical and social facilities.