Italy declared a state of emergency because of the explosion in the gas hub in Austria

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakПожарные about the gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria. 12 Dec 2017Italy declared a state of emergency because of the explosion in the gas hub in Austria© AP Photo / Ronald Zak

The Ministry of economic development of Italy announced on Tuesday a state of emergency in connection with the termination of deliveries of Russian gas from Austria, because of the explosion on the gas distribution station in Baumgarten.

On Tuesday morning in the gas hub in Baumgarten, Austria, an explosion occurred that killed one and injured 21 people. The gas hub is fully stopped. Gas control Austria E-Control announced the termination of transit gas supplies to Italy, Slovenia and Hungary.

«The Ministry has declared a state of emergency on the basis of the European regulation and the national plan for emergency situation,» — said in a statement the Ministry of economic development of Italy.

«Gas supplies to Italian consumers will be provided as the missing imports will be covered by greater allocation from the national underground gas storage facilities», — stated in the document.

The Ministry of economic development reported that it was conducting ongoing monitoring of the situation, being in contact with interested operators to determine the time required for the resumption of gas supplies.

Earlier the representative of the Italian gas company Snam was reported by RIA Novosti that Russian gas supplies from Austria, maybe will be resumed on Tuesday.

Central European gas hub, located in the Austrian town of Baumgarten on the border with Slovakia, is an international centre for gas trade, among the three largest gas distribution centers in Europe. Via Baumgarten gas station is about a third of all Russian gas supplies to Western Europe.

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