On one of the largest gas hubs in Europe, an explosion occurred
In the gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria was a heavy explosion. According to police, killing one person, at least 18 wounded. Local media had earlier reported dozens of casualties.
9фотографий9фотографий9фотографийГазораспределительный centre in Baumgarten is one of the largest in Europe. Through it is pumped approximately one third of all Russian gas supplies to Western Europe, including Germany and Italy.
As reports Reuters with reference to the company terminal operator Gas Connect Austria, the threat to the supply of gas to customers in Austria no, but there may be interruptions in the supply of gas to Italy.
Bloomberg, in turn, reports that gas supplies to Italy, Croatia and Slovenia have been violated by the explosion.
Suspended gas transportation on the main route from Slovakia to Austria, Reuters reported, citing the Slovak gas transmission operator Eustream.
The transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine could fall by a third due to the explosion in Baumgarten, Interfax reported, citing the Slovak gas transmission operator Eustream.
In “Gazprom” stated that aware of the incident. In connection with the incident, the gas supply will be reallocated, the company said.
The blast occurred at about 08:45 local time. The Federal police of lower Austria reports that, in connection with the incident under investigation.
According to preliminary data, the reason of explosion could become a technical malfunction.
Gas distribution station where the explosion occurred is owned by Austrian oil company OMV.