If people smell a sulfurous smell, they should immediately contact the emergency service of gas companies at number 1239. This was stated on Monday by representatives of the companies Pražská plynárenská, GasNet and EG.D, which is a member of the E.ON group.
Natural gas is odorless in its natural state. That is why a strongly smelling substance, the so-called odorant, is added to it in special devices, odorization stations. Gas odorization is provided by distributors whose role is to transport gas to end customers. Odorization will begin on Monday and last until Friday.
“At GasNet, we have roughly a hundred odorization stations. We odorize natural gas in them throughout the year, but as part of this autumn event, we will double the amount of odorant for a short time. This will help us to reliably check our system before the winter months,” explained the principle of checks, GasNet Group Operations Director Petr Koutný.
In the event that people in the building discover a gas leak, according to gas operators, they should immediately ensure ventilation of the premises, avoid the use of open fire, electrical appliances and lighting and wait for the arrival of the emergency services.
The emergency dispatch on the phone number 1239 works non-stop throughout the Czech Republic, added Miroslav Vránek on behalf of Pražská plynárenská.
There are three operators of gas distribution systems operating in the Czech Republic. The largest gas distributor is GasNet, which supplies natural gas to more than 2.3 million customers in the country.
According to the company, GasNet’s share of natural gas distribution in the Czech Republic is about 80 percent, and the company manages 65,000 kilometers of gas pipelines. The South Bohemian region is supplied with gas by EG.D (formerly E.ON Distribuce) and the capital by Pražská plynárenská Distribuce.
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