Vitrenko, head of Naftogaz, said that Gazprom did not pay in full for transit in June.
MOSCOW, May 25 – RIA Novosti. Gazprom did not pay the full amount for gas transit to Europe via the Ukrainian gas transport system in June, reported Yuriy Vitrenko, Chairman of Naftogaz Ukraine.
“It’s not the whole volume,” Vitrenko said, commenting on Gazprom’s transit fee payment.
The head of Naftogaz did not provide further details. However, citing sources in the Ukrainian energy industry, Gazprom reportedly excluded pumping from the Sokhranivka gas metering station (GIS) from payment.
Since May 11, Ukraine has stopped receiving gas in transit through the Sokhranovka GIS, citing that it is under the control of Russian forces (on the territory of the LPR). As a result, only one entrance remained for the passage of gas to Europe – GIS “Sudzha”. Gazprom noted that the transfer of all volumes to Sudzha is technologically impossible, the company fulfills all its obligations to European consumers, and transit services are fully paid for.
As a result, the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, which has been over 90 million cubic meters per day since the beginning of the month, has dropped sharply since 11 May. Since then, Gazprom has daily reported at Sudzha GIS that it supplies gas through Ukraine in the volume it has approved, and the Ukrainian GTS operator Sohranovka GIS has rejected applications.
At the same time, the transit agreement between Gazprom and Ukraine assumes that the daily pumping volume (on both sides) from 2021 is 109.6 million cubic meters, of which 77 million to Sudzha and 32.6 million to Sokhranovka. . “Gazprom” can supply even less gas, but is obliged to pay in full for the guaranteed volume in accordance with the “pump or pay” principle specified in the contract. However, Ukraine is obliged to provide these pumping capacities to the Russian company.
In early May, Vitrenko also said that Naftogaz believes the company has started a dispute with Gazprom over gas pass payments. Probably, the issue will be resolved in arbitration, he said.
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