Gazprom Export fully meets nominations of clients via Austria's Baumgarten hub

Ruben Hill
December 14, 2017

Report says the facility distributes gas from Russian Federation and Norway to other parts of Europe such as Italy, Hungary and Germany.

"There was an explosion around 8:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) and a fire", a police spokesman said.

Investigators are still working to pinpoint the cause of the explosion but they believe a technical fault was to blame.

Footage on social and other media on Tuesday morning, when the explosion occurred, showed a column of fire in the distance rising from a flat landscape.

Austria's biggest gas pipeline hub will come back online within hours after a deadly explosion there shut it down, its operator said on Tuesday, adding that flows to neighboring countries would resume.

The fire brigade, police and Gas Connect Austria said one person had been killed. The work of the center was halted, stopping deliveries to Italy, Slovenia and Hungary.

A state of emergency would give Rome the right to use a series of extraordinary measures such as allowing coal and oil power plants to fire at full blast.

"On the basis of the information now available, supplies could resume today if the first indications on the absence of damage to transport infrastructure are confirmed", it said.

The hub in Baumgarten in March handles 40 billion cubic metres of gas per year, about 10 per cent of Europe's gas supply.

Gas prices in Europe soared on concerns about supply.

The hub is important for European gas transit, with natural gas transported to Baumgarten via Slovakia and Germany along several cross-border pipelines.

"All transit connections were put into operation again before midnight and are 100-percent operational", Harald Stindl, Gas Connect Austria chief, told Oe1 public radio.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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