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Transit of Russian Gas via Baumgarten Hub in Austria Restored

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakFirefighters stand outside a gas plant after an explosion occured near Baumgarten an der March, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Firefighters stand outside a gas plant after an explosion occured near Baumgarten an der March, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - Sputnik International
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On Tuesday morning, an explosion in the OMV gas hub in Baumgarten caused an interruption of gas supplies to Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. One person was killed, and more than 20 were injured.

MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Gas transit through the Baumgarten hub in Austria has been restored; the explosion was probably caused by a technical failure, Harald Stindl, director of the Gas Connect Austria operator, said Wednesday.

"I can report that yesterday we managed to restore all the transit lines until midnight, they all operate 100 percent," Stindl told ORF radio.

READ MORE: Gas Deliveries From Austria's Baumgarten Hub to Resume in Next Few Hours

According to the company, "the exact cause of the explosion is not yet established, but all the circumstances indicate to a technical malfunction." "Authorized experts of Gas Connect Austria are intensively working to find out the reasons," the press service noted. At the same time, the Austrian gas supply was not endangered.

A powerful explosion at a gas distribution station belonging to the Austrian oil and gas company OMV occurred on December 12. The incident affected the largest Austrian gas terminal, which is engaged in the distribution of Russian gas in Europe. The operator of the Gas Connect Austria terminal manually disconnected the gas pipeline.

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