Warsaw, Poland –
The Polish gas giant said on Friday it was gradually restoring the flow of natural gas to municipalities that had lost it after a Russian company cut off supplies when Warsaw slapped it with sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The supply cut was a separate development from Russia’s decision earlier this week to halt gas supplies to Poland.
PGNiG said Russian company Novatek Green Energy complied with the request to make its pipelines available to Polish companies which are now starting to deliver their gas to the 10 affected areas. These include the famous resort of Leba on the Baltic Sea, which was worried about a lack of petrol ahead of the Polish May 3 long weekend, which usually brings many tourists there.
PGNiG said the handover of Novatek’s infrastructure and necessary documents went “smoothly and in a good atmosphere.”
All affected locations should have gas on Friday, he said.
Earlier on Friday, government spokesman Piotr Mueller warned that Novatek could face legal action under the country’s crisis management laws if the company did not comply immediately.
A subsidiary of a group controlled by OAO Novatek, Russia’s second largest natural gas producer, Novatek was included earlier this week on the list of Polish sanctions against 50 Russian and Belarusian companies. The sanctions are aimed at curbing the outflow of money from Poland to Russia’s war chests. They come on top of European Union measures in response to Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.