Ukraine starts building new gas pipeline to Avdiyivka after attacks halt gas supply
An emergency situation has been announced in Avdiyivka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine following the disruption of gas supply, Head of Donetsk regional military and civilian administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky said.
"There has been no gas supply to the city for six days. [...] A man-made regional level emergency has been put into place in Avdiyivka," Zhebrivsky said on Facebook on Tuesday.
He said gas supply stopped after Donetsk militants "had again damaged the old gas pipeline."
The construction of a new pipeline to supply gas to Avdiyivka from Kyiv-held territory will begin on Tuesday, Zhebrivsky said.
"The project costs UAH 59 million. We are negotiating partial funding of these works by Metinvest, as some of the gas to be supplied from the territory controlled by Ukraine will go to the Avdiyivka Coke Plant," he said.
The June 7 hostilities near Avdiyivka inflicted damage on the 273 mm underground gas pipeline, and gas supplies to 22,000 residents of the city stopped.
As of Tuesday morning, there was no gas supply in Avdiyivka, and the 273 mm underground gas pipeline damaged in the hostilities on June 7 was not being repaired because of a lack of security guarantees for repairmen.