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Gas Explosion at Baumgarten: Lessons to be Learned

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14 December 2017

Gas Explosion at Baumgarten: Lessons to be Learned

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An explosion at the Baumgarten gas hub in Austria took place at around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) on 12th December 2017. Baumgarten serves as a major transit point for Russian gas to Italy as well as for reverse flows from Austria to Hungary. Russian supplies to Italy were temporarily halted. A state of Emergency was announced in Italy, allowing strategic storage reserves to be released to the market. Flows through Baumgarten resumed at 17:00 (16:00 GMT) on the 12th December and by the 13th December had almost recovered to their usual level. What can we learn from this 10 hour period, when Italy was cut off from one-third of its gas supplies (about 4.5 mmcm/h) at a time of relatively cold winter temperatures and dry weather conditions?

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