Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Naftogaz. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Naftogaz. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Σάββατο, 3 Μαρτίου 2018

Κομισιόν: Έτοιμη να βοηθήσει για το ουκρανικό φυσικό αέριο

Η Κομισιόν είναι έτοιμη να κατευθύνει μια τριμερή διαδικασία επίλυσης του ζητήματος διακοπής παροχής φυσικού αερίου από την Ρωσία προς την Ουκρανία και καλεί όλα τα ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη, τις εταιρείες και τα αντίστοιχα υπουργεία της Ουκρανίας και της Ρωσίας να βρουν άμεσες λύσεις σύμφωνα με τις αποφάσεις του διαιτητικού δικαστηρίου της Στοκχόλμης, δήλωσε από τις Βρυξέλλες, ο Αντιπρόεδρός της, αρμόδιος για την Ενέργεια Μάρος Σέφτσοβιτς.

Τρίτη, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2015

Κομισιόν: Δεν επηρεάζει την Ευρώπη η διαμάχη Gazprom - Naftogaz

Οι παραδόσεις του ρωσικού αερίου το οποίο αγοράζει η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και μεταφέρεται στα κράτη - μέλη της μέσω αγωγών που περνούν από το έδαφος της Ουκρανίας «δεν θα επηρεαστούν» από τις ασυμφωνίες ανάμεσα στις εταιρείες αερίου των δύο χωρών, διαβεβαίωσε σήμερα η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή.

«Η διαμετακόμιση δεν θα επηρεαστεί σε τίποτε από την κατάσταση στην ανατολική Ουκρανία», διαβεβαίωσε η εκπρόσωπος της Κομισιόν για θέματα Ενέργειας, η Άννα-Κάισα Ιτκόνεν, κατά τη διάρκεια μιας συνέντευξης Τύπου.

Η ρωσική εταιρεία Gazprom κι η ουκρανική Naftogaz βρίσκονται σε διένεξη σε ό,τι αφορά την τιμή που έχει ορίσει η Μόσχα για το αέριο αλλά και σε ό,τι αφορά τη διευθέτηση ανείσπρακτων οφειλών του Κιέβου για ποσότητες αερίου που είχαν παραδοθεί στο παρελθόν.

Η Gazprom έχει αρχίσει να προμηθεύει απευθείας με αέριο περιοχές τις οποίες ελέγχουν οι φιλορώσοι αυτονομιστές και θεωρεί ότι οι παραδόσεις αυτές εντάσσονται στην υπάρχουσα σύμβαση με τη Naftogaz. Το Κίεβο διαμαρτυρήθηκε έντονα, κατήγγειλε τη μείωση των παραδόσεων και αρνήθηκε να πληρώσει για τις ποσότητες αυτές.

Ο επικεφαλής της Gazprom Αλεξέι Μίλερ ανακοίνωσε σήμερα ότι εάν δεν συνεχιστούν οι πληρωμές από μέρους του Κιέβου οι παραδόσεις αερίου στην Ουκρανία θα σταματήσουν τις επόμενες ημέρες.

«Αυτό θα δημιουργήσει σοβαρούς κινδύνους όσον αφορά τη μεταφορά αερίου προς την Ευρώπη», προειδοποίησε ο ίδιος. Περίπου η μισή ποσότητα του ρωσικού αερίου που αγοράζουν τα ευρωπαϊκά κράτη, ήτοι 63 δισεκ. κυβικά μέτρα (15% του αερίου το οποίο καταναλώνει η ΕΕ) μεταφέρεται μέσω της ουκρανικής επικράτειας.

«Οι παραδόσεις που προορίζονται για την ΕΕ δεν απειλούνται» διαβεβαίωσε, από την πλευρά της, η εκπρόσωπος της Κομισιόν.

Ο αντιπρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, ο οποίος είναι αρμόδιος για τον συγκεκριμένο φάκελο, ο Μάρος Σέφτσοβιτς, «βρίσκεται σε μόνιμη επαφή με τα δύο μέρη και είναι έτοιμος να οργανώσει τριμερείς συναντήσεις όποτε αυτό είναι αναγκαίο» επισήμανε ακόμη η Ιτκόνεν.

Η Gazprom και η Naftogaz είχαν καταλήξει τον περασμένο Οκτώβριο σε μια προσωρινή συμφωνία που προέβλεπε ότι το Κίεβο θα προπληρώνει κάθε ποσότητα αερίου που θέλει να καταναλώνει.

Η συμφωνία αυτή εγγυάται την παράδοση των ποσοτήτων που αγοράζει η Ευρώπη και διαμετακομίζονται μέσω της Ουκρανίας, σύμφωνα με την εκπρόσωπο της Κομισιόν. «Η Επιτροπή αναμένει ότι το "πακέτο του χειμώνα" (σ.σ. όπως είχε αποκληθεί η συμφωνία) θα εφαρμοστεί πλήρως» επέμεινε η εκπρόσωπος.

Η ισχύς της προσωρινής συμφωνίας λήγει στα τέλη του Μαρτίου και αναμένονται νέες διαπραγματεύσεις μεταξύ των δύο εταιρειών.

  [tovima.gr]
24/2/15
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Gazprom: gas supplies to Ukraine can stop in two days

There's 219 million cubic meters of Russian gas left that Ukraine has prepaid for, no new prepayments have been submitted yet, Russian gas giant Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller told journalists on Tuesday.
According to Miller, supplying 114 million cubic meters of natural gas to Ukraine will lead to cessation of deliveries which will jeopardize natural gas supplies to Europe.

On Monday Ukraine's Naftogaz claimed that Russia had breached the agreements reached in Brussels by no supplying the prepaid ammounts of gas to Ukraine..............http://tass.ru/en/economy/779275
24/2/15
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Πέμπτη, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Ukraine’s Naftogaz sues Gazprom for $6 billion in Stockholm arbitration (Gazprom’s report)

The Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz is claiming $3.2 billion compensation from Gazprom in a lawsuit filed with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal for lower gas transit via Ukraine and related interest, according to a report released by Gazprom on Thursday...
Naftogaz’s total claim together with interest amounts to $6.2 billion, the Russian gas giant said in its financial statements for the first nine months of 2014.

The Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal will hold oral hearings on mutual claims filed by Gazprom and Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz not earlier than in February-March 2016, the Russian gas giant said in its IFRS financial statements released on Thursday.

Naftogaz filed a claim with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal on October 13, 2014, seeking to "oblige Gazprom to pay a compensation of $3,200 million (and related interest) to Naftogaz Ukraine for the failure to provide gas for transit," the Russian gas giant’s financial statements said.

Naftogaz also seeks to acknowledge that the transit tariff stipulated in the gas contract with Gazprom "should be revised in such a way as provided in further written statements of Naftogaz Ukraine in line with key principles of the Swedish contractual law," the report said.

Russia’s gas transit to Europe via Ukraine totaled 58.9 billion cubic meters in 2014 compared with 83.9 billion cubic meters in 2013 and 92.2 billion cubic meters in 2009....................http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/774077
29/1/15
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Δευτέρα, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine and EU uninterrupted (Ukraine's Naftogaz)

Russia is supplying gas to Ukraine and the EU according to plan, Ukraine's Naftogaz said on Monday.
"The information circulating in the media that Russian gas has stopped going to the EU through Ukraine dates back to 2009 and has nothing to do with the current situation. As of 2015, there were no breaks in Russian gas deliveries to the Ukraine GTS," the statement said.

The CEO of Russia's Gazprom gas giant said in mid-January that risks persist for gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine as the latter falied to import the necessary ammounts of natural gas in November and December due to financial difficulties.

Earlier reports said Ukraine imported 572.2 million cubic meters of Russian gas in the first two weeks of January. Besides direct supplies from Russia, Ukraine gets reverse gas supplies from Slovakia and Hungary.................http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/771883
19/1/15
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Τετάρτη, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2015

No Reason to Revise Gas Deal With Ukraine in April (Alexander Novak, Russian EM)

Russia sees no reason to reach a new agreement on gas deliveries to Ukraine after the so-called 'winter package' deal expires at the end of March, as all the terms are already outlined in the existing contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday.

"We are talking about current deliveries schedule and the financing regime, in other words — about conditions that have been, in one way or another, stipulated in the existing contract [betwen Rusia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz]," Novak said following talks Maros Sefcovic, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union.

"So far, we see no reason to sign a new document," Novak said.

[sputniknews.com]
14/1/15
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Τετάρτη, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Ukraine’s Naftogaz transfers $1.65 bln to Russia’s Gazprom under Brussels agreements

Ukraine’s Naftogaz has transferred 1.65 billion U.S. dollars to Russia’s Gazprom as repayment its gas debts, Naftogaz said on Wednesday.

Thus, in line with the agreements reached in Brussels, Naftogaz has paid 3.1 billion U.S. dollars in two tranches to pay for 11.5 billion cubic metres of gas supplied by Gazprom in November-December 2013 and April-June 2014. The first tranche of 1.45 billion U.S. dollars was transferred on November 4.

In October, Gazprom and Naftogaz reached an agreement to resume Russian gas supplies to Ukraine on condition Naftogaz repays its 3.1 billion U.S. dollar debt. In early December, Naftogaz made an advance payment for gas supplies in December.

[itar-tass.com]
24/12/14
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Τρίτη, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Russia to Halt Gas Sales to Ukraine if Kiev Fails to Repay $1.65Bln

Russia will stop gas sales to Ukraine if Kiev fails to repay $1.65 billion of its gas debt to Russia, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday.

"Under the agreement, there will be no supplies in January if the debt of $1.65 billion remains unsettled," the minister said.

Novak said the price of Russian gas for Ukraine is estimated to range between $340 and $360 per 1,000 cubic meters in the first quarter of 2015.

"Our [previous] discussions in the month of October were based on price forecast of $360. At the moment, the price may be lower… I think, [it will be at] $340-$360," he said.

The Minister said that after the discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters, granted by Russia's Gazprom to Ukraine's Naftogaz, expires on April 1, the price of Russian gas to Ukraine will amount to about $440. According to Novak, Moscow is ready to consider a request for a new discount, but so far Ukrainian authorities have not asked for it.

After a six-month break, Russia resumed gas sales to Ukraine on December 9. A temporary agreement between Moscow and Kiev, in force during the cold season, stipulates that Ukraine should repay $3.1 billion of its $5.3-billion gas debt.

Ukraine's state-run oil and gas company Naftogaz repaid $1.45 billion of its gas debt to Gazprom in early December and allocated $378 million as prepayment for future supplies of 1 billion cubic meters of gas.

On Monday Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin told journalists that Ukraine so far has purchased some 300 million cubic meters of Russian gas under the so-called "winter package."

On the same day in an interview on Rossiya-24 television Novak expressed hope that Russia and Ukraine will continue their cooperation in gas deliveries even after the ten-year contract on gas transit and supply between Gazprom and Naftogaz expires in 2019.

 [sputniknews.com]
23/12/14
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Τετάρτη, 5 Νοεμβρίου 2014

EU to Continue Financial Aid Provision for Ukraine's Gas Debt Repayment (Official)

The European Union intends to continue the provision of financial assistance to Ukraine to help the country repay its debt for Russian gas, EU Ambassador to Russia Vigaudas Ushatskas stated Wednesday.

"Our aid reaches billion euros, including what we have already given and will give [to Ukraine]. We have been helping to reach a treaty between Russia and Ukraine on the whole range of complex gas issues. And we will allocate the amounts that will be needed to pay off [debts for] gas," Ushatskas told Ekho Moskvy radio.

According to him, the European Union and Russia share common interests in stabilizing the situation in Ukraine.

"Neither Russia, nor the European Commission, nor the IMF should be some kind of 'auntie' that would care for Ukraine all the time... Of course, this requires internal political, economic and social reforms for Ukraine not to be proclaimed as the most corrupt political system. On this basis the European Union highlights the unprecedented volumes of aid to Ukraine," Ushatskas added.

Ukraine's state oil and gas company Naftogaz said Tuesday that it had transferred the first tranche of $1.45 billion of its gas debt to Russia.

The final round of gas talks on October 30 between Russia and Ukraine, brokered by the European Union, ended with the signing of the so-called winter package agreement securing gas supplies to Ukraine until March.

Under the agreement, Russia will resume its delivery of gas to Ukraine at a price of $378 per 1,000 cubic meters till the end of 2014 and $365 for the same amount in the first quarter of 2015, while Kiev must pay Gazprom $3.1 billion of its debt to the company before the end of the year.

Gazprom switched Ukraine to a prepayment system for gas deliveries over its debt of more than $5 billion in June.
(RIA Novosti)
5/11/14
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Δευτέρα, 3 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Kiev Agrees With IMF to Pay for Russian Gas During Winter Period From Own Exchange Reserve

Kiev has agreed with International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it will pay for Russian gas during the winter period from Ukraine's exchange reserves, the country's national bank said.

"We managed to agree with IMF that the payments for the gas can be made from our own exchange reserves and IMF will support us. That is why we are confident we can support all the payments to Gazprom on the recent gas agreement," the Head of Ukraine's National Bank Valeriia Gontareva said at the press briefing.
Earlier on Monday, Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan told RIA Novosti that Kiev has not yet paid for Russian gas, but aims to do so in the near future...................http://en.ria.ru/business/20141103/195047378/Kiev-Agrees-With-IMF-to-Pay-for-Russian-Gas-During-Winter-Period.html
3/11/14
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Παρασκευή, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Russia Ukraine and EU agree gas supply deal (Günther H. Oettinger /EC)

From the Official Website of the European Commission, Press release, Brussels, 30 October 2014:

"After seven rounds of gas negotiations, last night's talks moderated by Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission, yielded finally a breakthrough: A 4,6 billion dollar winter package, agreed by Russia and Ukraine, secures gas for Ukraine - and ultimately also for Europe.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission who witnessed today's signing of the winter package, said: "I am delighted that I can announce a major success at the end of my mandate as President of the European Commission. With our strong support, Ukraine and Russia have today found agreement on their outstanding energy debt issues, and on an interim solution that enables supplies to continue this winter. I am glad that political responsibility, the logic of cooperation and simple economic sense have prevailed."
Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission, said: "This breakthrough will not only make sure that Ukraine will have sufficient heating in the dead of the winter. It is also a contribution to the de-escalation between Russia and Ukraine."
The winter package consists of two documents: 
  1. A binding protocol, signed by the European Commission (Vice-President Oettinger), the Russian Federation (Energy Minister Alexander Novak) and Ukraine (Energy Minister Yuri Prodan);
  2. An addendum to the existing gas supply contract, signed by Gazprom of Russia (CEO Alexey Miller) and Naftogaz of Ukraine (CEO Andriy Kobolyev);
The package covers the period from now until the end of March 2015 and includes the following main points:
  1.  Debts: Ukraine would settle its debts based on a preliminary price of $268,5/ 1000m3 by making payments in two tranches: 1,45 billion dollar without delay, and 1,65 billion dollar by the end of the year 2014. This adds in total up to 3,1 billon dollar of debt payment. The final price and thus the final sum of debt will be determined through the pending arbitration by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce between Gazprom and Naftogaz.
  2. New gas: Russia will deliver gas following advanced, monthly payments by Ukraine. The price is below $385/ 1000m3 and calculated according to a formula in the present contract and a price reduction through a discount in export duties by the Russian Federation. Ukraine is free to order as much gas as it needs and is not subject to take-or-pay obligations foreseen in the current contract. Ukraine foresees to purchase 4 bcm until the end of the year 2014, meaning 1,5 billion dollar.
In the last weeks, the European Commission has been working intensively with the International Financial Institutions (IFI) and Ukraine to help Ukraine prepay for deliveries of gas in the coming winter. Unprecedented levels of EU aid will be disbursed in a timely manner, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reassured Ukraine that it can use all financial means at its disposal to pay for gas. Further work with the IFIs on financial assistance to Ukraine, also in relation to gas supplies, will still continue, but all three sides are reassured that Ukraine will have the necessary financial means."
   http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1238_en.htm?locale=en
   30/10/14 
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Παρασκευή, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Europe should respond to Ukraine’s statement on gas transit guarantees. ("Ukraine grants itself the right to steal Russian gas intended for European consumers")

Europe should respond to a statement by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that Ukraine can give no guarantees for safe Russian natural gas transit to Europe, Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said on Friday.

“Yatsenyuk said yesterday that Ukraine will not be able to ensure the safety of gas supplies from Russia to Europe,” he said.


“I can interpret these words as saying that Ukraine grants itself the right to steal Russian gas intended for European consumers. This needs a response not only from Russia, but also from Europe,” the Gazprom deputy CEO said.

The Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz earlier filed a claim with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal, disputing some provisions of the gas transit contract with Gazprom.

[en.itar-tass.com ]
17/10/14
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Δευτέρα, 13 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Russia offers Ukraine more flexible schedule to pay gas debt

Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia offered Ukraine a more flexible schedule to clear the debt for gas, RIA Novosti reports.

Under the new proposal, $1.451 billion is to be paid before the start of gas supplies. The rest of the amount - before the end of the year. The total debt is evaluated at $3.1 billion.


Novak added that Ukraine stood ready to pay in advance for only 4 billion cubic meters of gas instead of the offered 5 billion, which did not correspond to Russian interests.

Ukraine's debt for the Rusisan gas has not diminished. Ukraine's Prime Minister Yatsenyuk said that the payment was made in the amount of 1.67 billion dollars. However, an official spokesman for Gazprom said that the payment had not arrived.

Source: Pravda.Ru
13/10/14
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Δευτέρα, 6 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Russian PM Medvedev Urges Compromise on Gas Dispute With Ukraine. "The debts must be paid off..."

MOSCOW, October 6  - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that the terms of a deal on supplies of Russian natural gas to Ukraine should be acceptable for Kiev, but Ukraine still needs to pay its debts to Russia's energy giant Gazprom."There is no doubt that we have to continue searching for compromises, we should maintain contacts keeping in mind that the debts must be paid off, but the conditions for Ukraine in this situation must be sufficiently acceptable," Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission are currently involved in trilateral talks on resolving the standing issues over Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine.
According to preliminary arrangements, Russia and Ukraine are expected to sign the so-called "winter package" on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine that envisions supply of five billion cubic meters of gas within half a year and with a possible increase in volume. The temporary price for 1,000 cubic meters of gas would be $385 for this period.
In June, Gazprom was forced to introduce a prepayment system for gas deliveries to Ukraine due to Kiev's massive debt which is currently estimated at $5.3 billion.
 (RIA Novosti)
  6/10/14

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Δευτέρα, 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Ukraine’s Naftogaz calls for new gas transit deal with Russia

BERLIN, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine cannot guarantee reliable Russian gas transit supplies through the country, Ukrainian state-run oil and gas holding Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev said in an interview with German business daily Handelsblatt on Monday.
“We urgently need a new transit treaty, otherwise, we cannot guarantee non-stop (Russian gas) transit through Ukraine,” he said.
Ukraine needs transit contracts which would be concluded between Naftogaz’s subsidiary Ukrtransgaz, Russian energy giant Gazprom and Eustream, operator of the gas transmission system which would represent European interests.

The signing of a new addendum to the contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz (if all parties to the deal agree on new terms of supplies) does not secure non-stop Russian gas transit delivery to Europe, because Ukraine did not pump necessary gas amounts in underground storages, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said last Saturday. Seven billion cubic metres of gas should be pumped to reach a 17 bcm comfortable level for this autumn and winter. Miller is convinced that if harsh frost sets in, Ukraine may start taking gas from Russian gas supplies to Europe.

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A new package deal which was discussed at a tripartite meeting in Germany’s capital Berlin on September 26 offers Ukraine to repay $3.1 billion of debt to Gazprom for already delivered gas before the end of the year. 

In this case, Gazprom will deliver five bcm of gas to Ukraine and will give an option for another five bcm. The gas price will make $385 per 1,000 cu m thanks to a $100 discount which is granted only for six months. On September 26, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk confirmed a preliminary agreement to conclude a package accord before the end of Stockholm arbitration proceedings.
Meanwhile, the issue of Ukraine’s debt repayment is unclear. Russia and the EU share the position that $2 billion should be repaid before the end of October, the Gazprom CEO said. However, at talks Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan insisted on paying $1.5 billion only at the end of the first month of Russian gas supply to Ukraine (in October) if the delivery is resumed.
Next gas talks between officials from Russia, the EU and Ukraine are expected to be held on October 2.


Gas transit via Ukraine
  • The throughput capacity of the Ukrainian gas transportation is 288 billion cubic meters at the entrance and 178.5 billion cubic meters at the exit, including 142.5 billion cubic meters to European countries and 3.5 billion cubic meters to Moldova.
  • Ukraine’s gas transportation system consists of 72 compressor stations, 110 production shops and 1,451 gas distribution stations. The overall length of gas pipelines operated by the company is 38,600 kilometers, including 22,200 kilometers of trunk pipelines and 16,400 kilometers of extensions.
[itar-tass.com]
29/9/14
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Τρίτη, 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Merkel urges quickest solution to Russia-Ukraine gas dispute

The gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine should be resolved as quickly as possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.
Merkel said the gas dispute required urgent resolution now that winter is coming. The German chancellor said that the situation in east Ukraine continued to destabilize. "This is not a trifle, this is a deep conflict," Merkel noted.

Ukraine’s Energy and Coal Minister Yuriy Prodan said on Tuesday that gas talks between Russia and Ukraine with the EU’s mediation would be held in Berlin on Friday. "We’ll seek a compromise with the Russian Federation," the minister said.

Before October 1, Ukrainian regional authorities should submit the lists of important consumers, except for households, and also the schedule of their possible disconnection from gas supplies, the energy minister said. “If temperatures change sharply, we’ll be forced to switch them off natural gas,” Prodan said.

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Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June over its unpaid debt.
Russia said that new natural gas supplies to Ukraine are contingent on Kiev’s debt repayment. Russia raised the gas price for Ukraine from $268.5 to $485.5 per 1,000 cubic meters from April 2014, cancelling two price discounts. Ukraine said it will not pay such high price for Russian natural gas supplies.
http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/750880
23/9/14
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Τρίτη, 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Reliable Gas Transit to Europe Possible Only If Ukraine Honors Contract (Gazprom)

Reliable Russian gas deliveries to Europe are possible only on the condition that Ukraine’s state-run gas company observes transit agreements, Russian energy giant Gazprom said Tuesday.

Gazprom board of directors discussed future relations with its Ukrainian partner at a meeting Tuesday. The Russian company had to switch to advance payment scheme over Ukraine’s outstanding gas debt of $5.3 billion.


“Special attention was paid to Russian gas deliveries to European consumers via Ukraine during the forthcoming winter season


Participants of the meeting stressed that the reliability of these supplies can be ensured only on the condition that Naftogaz of Ukraine strictly observes its transit contract,” the statement reads. 

“The board of directors was also advised to take measures to minimize the risks of disruption of supplies to European consumers during the 2014-2015 winter season.”
http://en.ria.ru/world/20140916/192990032/Reliable-Gas-Transit-to-Europe-Possible-Only-If-Ukraine-Honors.html
16/9/14
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Τρίτη, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Ukraine launches reverse-flow gas deliveries from Slovakia (Naftogaz)

KIEV, September 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine has launched reverse-flow gas deliveries from Slovakia, the head of Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev, posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “A lot is in store yet, but this is a major step,” he said.

ITAR-TASS reported earlier that on April 28, 2014 Ukraine’s Ukrtransgaz and Slovakian gas operator Eustream signed a memorandum on mutual understanding to ensure reverse-flow gas deliveries to Ukraine through the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline. The pipeline’s capacity is no more than 27 million cubic meters of gas a day or 10 billion cubic meters a year.
Naftogaz of Ukraine has reserved these capacities for reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia until the end of 2019. “Supplies will begin on a regular basis in September, subject to certain technical conditions, and will become permanent from March 2015,” Eustream spokesperson Vahram Chuguryan said earlier.

Test reverse-flow gas supplies from Slovakia to Ukraine began on August 16 with daily amounts up to two billion cubic meters. Then it became known that testing of Vojany-Uzhgorod would continue till the end of August.......................http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/747741
2/9/14
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Παρασκευή, 29 Αυγούστου 2014

Kiev Again Rejects Russia’s Gas Discount Compromise Offer (Ukraine Energy Minister)

KIEV, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine still refuses to negotiate Russia’s proposed discount of $100 per 1,000 billion cubic meters of gas, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said Friday.

“We were again suggested the price of $385 [per 1,000 billion cubic meters] with a $100 discount because of export duty cancellation. The Russian side thinks that the price of $485 is fair. We think that this price is discriminatory,” he said.

Prodan also dismissed as “baseless” Russia’s concerns that Ukraine will tap Europe-bound transit gas from its pipeline network amid expected gas shortages in winter.


Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak voiced the concerns after Friday’s meeting with European Commission Vice President Gunther Oettinger.

“These assumptions are baseless and are aimed only at discrediting the Ukrainian route and the promotion of alternative pipelines to EU – the Nord Stream, the South Stream, Opal,” Prodan said.

According to Novak, Ukraine would need to pump around 10 billion cubic meters of gas into its underground storage facilities in order to make it through winter.

On June 16, Russian gas giant Gazprom was forced to implement a prepayment scheme for gas deliveries to Ukraine after several unsuccessful rounds of talks on the new price and debt repayment.

The Russian compromise was a $100 discount to the contract price, bringing it down to $385, as well as a phased debt repayment scheme. Ukraine declined the offer, dissatisfied with the discount mechanism. Ukraine’s gas debt is estimated to be more than $5.3 billion.

Ukraine is a transit country for Russian gas. Around half of the Russian gas imported in 2013 crossed Ukraine, which amounts to approximately 15 percent of European consumption, according to the International Energy Agency. Kiev illegally tapped Europe-bound gas during previous gas rows with Russia........http://en.ria.ru/business/20140829/192466019/Kiev-Again-Rejects-Russias-Gas-Discount-Compromise-Offer-.html

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Outcome of gas talks between Vice-President Oettinger and Russian Energy Minister Novak

European Commission, Statement, Moscow, 29 August 2014:

At today’s meeting in Moscow with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Vice-President of the EU Commission Günther H. Oettinger reiterated his proposal to have an interim solution including an interim price.
Both agreed that a solution should contain the following four elements:
  • the interim price
  • the fulfilment of all supply and transit obligations
  • a repayment plan for the unpaid bills to be developed by the next few weeks
  • the use of OPAL pipeline

At the press conference following the bilateral meeting, Vice-President Oettinger said:
“We have to agree on an interim gas price for the next few months, while waiting for the Stockholm arbitration court to decide on the final price.  In addition: Ukraine has to pay an account for the gas to be delivered in the months to come." 

“Our main goal is to secure gas supply to the EU and its citizens, but also to the citizens in Russia, Ukraine, the Western Balkans, including accession countries and Moldova.”
Speaking about the worsening situation at the Eastern border of the Ukraine, Vice-President Oettinger expressed his concern:

"I came to Moscow to prepare the next trilateral gas talks as agreed in Minsk. At the same time, I have to express my concern. The news that Russian soldiers are operating inside Ukraine does not reflect the spirit of Minsk. Respecting the sovereignty of national borders is vital to preserve peace." 
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-262_en.htm?locale=en
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  • Russia says open to gas talks with Ukraine, offers discount...

MOSCOW - Russia is open to talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine and willing to offer a price cut of nearly 20 percent, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, but the discounted price is still above the level Kiev demands.
Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed late last year to cut the gas price for Ukraine to $268.50 per 1,000 cubic meters after then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he would drop a planned trade agreement with the European Union in favor of joining a Russian-led Customs Union.
But Yanukovich was toppled by mass protests in February, and Moscow hiked the price to $485, which was rejected by Kiev. Russia cut off the gas flow in mid-June after the two sides failed to agree on pricing and debts owed for previous gas supplies.
Novak said after meeting European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in Moscow that Russia was ready to apply a retroactive discount of $100 per 1,000 cubic meters for April-June. Ukraine has insisted on returning to the old price of $268.50, while signaling it might agree to pay just above $300.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics are in crisis. Kiev accuses Moscow of sending soldiers into Ukraine to back pro-Russian separatist rebels, something Russia denies.
But Novak said Moscow was prepared for new gas talks. "We will agree the date for a trilateral meeting at the beginning of next week," he said.
Despite the cut-off to Ukraine, Russian gas has been flowing normally across Ukraine to Europe, which receives about half its imports of Russian gas via this route.
Novak said Kiev might start siphoning off some of this gas in the coming winter if it fails to add to its storage facilities before then. He said Ukraine had stockpiled up to 16 billion cubic meters but needed to pump as much as 10 billion more into storage.
There was no immediate comment from Kiev.
Oettinger told the same briefing that gas must not be used as a weapon in the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
He said the two sides and the European Commission needed to work out an interim solution, given that international arbitration would not be able to resolve the pricing and debt dispute before the middle of next year.
Russian gas exporter Gazprom has said Ukraine owes it more than $5 billion in unpaid bills.
"We always said that through the crisis we don't see the gas sector as a tool for sanctions, measures and escalations. That is also true today," Oettinger said.
In 2013 Russian gas accounted for half of the total gas consumed in Ukraine. REUTERS
 http://www.todayonline.com/world/russia-says-open-gas-talks-ukraine-offers-discount?singlepage=true
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  • La Russie évoque de "forts risques" pour les livraisons de gaz vers l'Europe...
Selon le ministre russe de l'Energie, "le gaz livré par Gazprom pour l'Europe" pourrait être "illégalement prélevé par l'Ukraine pour ses propres besoin".

L'hiver approche et... le ministre russe de l'Energie Alexandre Novak a mis en garde vendredi 29 août contre les risques qui pèsent sur la livraison de gaz russe vers l'Europe lors d'une conférence de presse avec le commissaire européen à l'Energie Günther Oettinger.
"La situation est hautement critique à l'approche de la saison de chauffage", a déclaré le ministre russe, ajoutant qu'"il y a un risque que le gaz livré par Gazprom pour l'Europe soit illégalement prélevé par l'Ukraine pour ses propres besoins".
 
 
La Russie a coupé mi-juin ses livraisons de gaz à l'Ukraine, qui refuse la hausse des prix imposée par Gazprom après l'arrivée au pouvoir des pro-occidentaux à Kiev et accumulé selon Alexandre Novak 5,3 milliards de dollars de gaz.
Cette décision fait craindre des perturbations des livraisons de gaz russe vers l'Union européenne, dont près de la moitié transite sur le territoire ukrainien, comme lors des précédentes "guerres du gaz" en 2006 et 2009............................http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/ukraine-la-revolte/20140829.OBS7607/la-russie-evoque-de-forts-risques-pour-les-livraisons-de-gaz-vers-l-europe.html?xtor=RSS-17
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