Russia's gas utility Gazprom continued to significantly reduce its agreed natural gas supplies for Slovak gas utility SPP on Monday. Company spokesman Ondrej Sebesta added that this reduction has no effect on SPP customers. "Based on information from Gazprom Export, we expect today that gas supplies under our contract will be lower by about half, similar to the weekend," said Sebesta. In recent months, the Slovak gas utility has managed to diversify its suppliers by signing contracts for supplies from the North Sea, as well as by importing liquefied gas by tanker ships. As Sebesta informed, this will cover approximately 65 percent of SPP customers' needs.
Russian natural gas supplies via Germany and the Czech Republic to Slovakia have been gradually declining over the past week. Gazprom justifies the decline in terms of technical problems related to sanctions against Russia, which several analysts have rejected. Reduced quantities of Russian gas are also flowing into Slovakia from Ukraine.