Austria gas hub blast caused by filtration system flaw - gas official


Austria gas hub blast caused by filtration system flaw - gas official

Italy has declared a "state of emergency" after an explosion and fire at one of Europe's main gas distribution hubs in Austria. The Italian authorities have decreed state of emergency following suspension of gas supply from Austria's main gas terminal, which has been obliged to cancel its operations.

Asked what rate flows would resume at, a spokesman for Gas Connect Austria said they would be built up progressively and further information would be provided on Wednesday morning. Two air ambulances were sent to the facility in Baumgarten, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Ukraine's state gas and oil firm Naftogaz said earlier this year it had imported 7.1 bcm of natural gas in the first nine months of this year and nearly all of its imported gas came from Slovakia. Another 18 were injured, one of them severely, he said.

Local police tweeted that the situation was under control: "Firefighters are putting out the fire, rescuers are looking after the injured".

Smoke rises from Austria's largest natural gas import and distribution station after a gas explosion in Baumgarten Austria
Austria gas hub blast caused by filtration system flaw - gas official

The Italian wholesale day-ahead price surged 215 percent to 75 euros per megawatt-hour, its highest recorded level.

Analysts believe, however, that there is enough storage to cope with supply for the time being.

Reportedly, the explosion occurred at the pumping station, which pumps gas from Russian Federation.

The major Slovakian supply route to Ukraine is unaffected, it said.