Italy declares state of emergency after deadly gas explosion in Austria

One dead and 18 injured after blaze tears through Baumgarten gas hub, plunging Europe into energy crisis

Snow-hit southern Europe could face energy shortages after authorities warned that Austrian pipelines were likely to be out of action for days following an explosion and fire that ripped through a main gas hub near Vienna.

Baumgarten, where the explosion occurred, is a key distribution and reception hub for gas exports and imports, including from Russia, Europe’s biggest gas supplier. In Italy, where rain, snow and extreme cold weather have disrupted traffic in the north-east over the last few days, the country’s industry minister declared a state of emergency due to a lack of gas supplies.

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Original published: 2017-12-12 16:51:47 Read the full Vienna News here


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