August 24, 2008

Yakutgazprom Can Restrict Gas Supply in Yakutia Until Gas Incident is Resolved

YAKUTIA. Aug 24 (Interfax) - Yakutgazprom might impose restrictions on gas supply to Yakutia's central areas tonight after several dozens of people infiltrated the premises of its gas processing facility in the Sredny Vilyui gas field on Sunday morning, company's general director Abduragim Abduragimov told Interfax-Far East.

"A group of 50 people acting on behalf of the Yakol oil company entered the area of the gas processing facility at around 10 a.m. local time on August 24, 2008, and having used force against the company's security guards, seized this facility and are currently illegally dismantling technological bolts and other technological equipment, Abduragimov said.

"Yakutgazprom's gas production and processing complex is under threat," he said.

Yakutia's Vilyui district prosecution and interior authorities "have in effect distanced themselves from resolving the current urgent problem," he said.

"If by midnight of August 24, 2008, local time the actions of the illegally formed "Yakol" oil company at the Yakutgazprom production facilities are not stopped, Yakutgazprom will have to gradually reduce its gas production and supply to the central part of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in order to prevent a man-made disaster. In particular, gas supplies will be reduced by 30% at the initial stage," Abduragimov said.

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