Ukraine ceased to buy Russian gas, saying that now import decisions will depend on the price. Russian price is fixed until the end of the year, but Kiev hopes that the supply on the European reversal will be more profitable. According to experts, this is only possible in the case of the warm winter. And while prepaid gas Ukraine there are only five days, he warned the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller.
The decision of Kiev on the purchase of Russian gas will depend on the price. This “Gazeta.ru” said Monday in “Naftogaz Ukraine”. “Ukraine has completed the purchase of October 31 at the” Gazprom “2 billion cubic meters of gas at $ 227 (per 1 thousand. Cubic meters. -” Times “), the decision to continue the import of gas depends on the price” – say in the company.
Earlier on Monday, the head of “Gazprom” Alexei Miller said that Ukraine prepaid gas there are only five days.
The official representative of “Gazprom” Sergei Kupriyanov said “Gazeta.ru” that price for Ukraine was determined by the formula for the entire fourth quarter, taking into account the decision by the Russian government to reduce the export duty. This will reduce the price for Kiev – under the current contract from 2009, the original price for the fourth quarter was $ 252 per 1 thousand. Cubic meters.
In “Naftogaz” clarify that the initialed “winter package” provides that Ukraine sent $ 500 million for the purchase of 2 billion cubic meters of gas directly from the “Gazprom”, but then it all depends on the price.
«If European companies will offer a better price, it is necessary to Ukraine, the volume of gas to be purchased from them” – warn in the “Naftogaz».
Ukrainian expert in the field of energy, the former press secretary of “Naftogaz Ukraine” Valentin Zemlyansky said that Ukraine expects in fact only a warm winter. “Now the price of purchases from Russia and the price of comparable reversal of Europe – says the expert. – However, if the winter is warm, the EU will dump excessive amounts of gas, the supply will increase, and the price of reversible gas will decline ».
Last week, the head of the Russian Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak warned that Ukraine is not enough accumulated in the storage of gas reserves for the winter. The only solution is to continue the current supply, but have to pay for them in Kiev there is no money. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has pledged $ 300 million, but – only if the corporate governance reform “Naftogaz” (Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has already approved the reform). Another $ 500 million should come from the World Bank, but the Ukraine, too, has not yet received.
«Statements Miller and Novak addressed primarily to European colleagues, – says the deputy head of the National Energy Security Fund Alexei Grivach. – Russia drew attention to Europe’s potential risks ».
According Grivach now Ukraine can afford to opt out of the import gas both from Russia and from Europe, providing their needs at the expense of mining and underground storage facilities.
«But it undermines the energy security of the country in the second half of the heating season, which considerably increases the risk not only for Ukraine but also for the transit of Russian gas to the EU”, – indicates Grivach.
As for the price, the expert believes that the probability of lower prices European traders Russian small. “However, almost all 2015 Kiev buy gas at a reversal much more expensive than could be purchased from the Russian Federation – reminds Grivach. – It is difficult to say what decision will the Ukrainian authorities. On the one hand, in Kiev there is no extra money to sponsor European suppliers, on the other – there are political considerations, is not excluded also corruption component ».