The town of Henichesk in Ukraine's Kherson region is receiving gas exclusively from the Strilkove deposit, located near Arabatska Strilka in the Kherson region, the national energy company Naftogaz of Ukraine said in a press release on Jan. 5.
"Russian gas has not been shipped to Henichesk and is not being shipped now," it said.
Henichesk is not physically connected to other sections of the gas transportation system of mainland Ukraine, it said.
"During the summer, gas extracted at the Strilkove field is used in gas supplies for the needs of the town's population. An excess of the gas extracted during the summer that citizens of Henichesk do not need is transferred to the Glebovskoye underground storage facility, located in Crimea, for temporary storage. During the winter, Ukrainian gas is taken from this underground storage facility and is shipped to Henichesk to cover peak consumption levels," Naftogaz said.
The Ukrainian energy company also reported that, starting from January 1, 2016, Crimea had been blocking the Kherson gas stored at the Glebovskoye facility on the territory of Crimea for four days.
"These gas volumes are more than enough to meet the town's needs until the end of the heating season," it said.
According to Naftogaz of Ukraine, Henichesk consumed 9.2 million cubic meters of gas in 2014. The Strilkove deposit's maximum gas output capacity is 25 million cubic meters a year. Ukraine's privately owned gas production company Plast has been the field's operator since March 2014.
A report published on the website of the Ukrainian State Emergency Situations Service's branch for the Kherson region says pressure levels at the gas pipeline have been gradually growing since 9:31 p.m. on January 4 due to reverse gas shipments.
All through the night, employees of the Khersongaz supplier's branch in Henichesk were posting alerts on the Internet, local radio stations and even at the entrance halls of apartment buildings and privately owned houses that gas supplies to households would be resumed at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5.
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