(Kommersant) Ukraine wants Gazprom to ensure delivery of 12 bln cu meters of gas in November and December. In return, Gazprom seeks control over the gas transport system of that country. This issue has been always a stumbling stone in negotiations and construction of Bogorodchany-Uzhgorod gas pipeline was terminated exactly because no consensus was reached. As Ukraine is yet unready to yield, Naftogaz Ukrainy will probably have to pay for the gas more than $100/ths cu meters to RosUkrEnergo (RUE) in the fourth quarter.

In the yesterday’s meeting, Gazprom  CEO Alexey Miller, Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov and Naftogaz Ukrainy CEO Alexander Bolkisev focused on the H2 deliveries of gas. Ukraine will have the gas shortage of 12 bln cu meters in the fourth quarter and Naftogaz requested Gazprom to guarantee deliveries of the lacking amount at $95/ths cu meters, said a source with Ukrainian delegation.

“We will have the most severe situation with gas from October to December, when RosUkrEnergo deliveries come to an end,” said a source with Fuel and Energy Ministry of Ukraine on condition of anonymity. “Before this date, we hope, jointly with Gazprom, to persuade Saparmurat Niyazov [Turkmen president] to sell gas at $65/ths cu meters. But we need guarantees for deliveries to stand out in united front with Russia.”

As to Gazprom, it made clear yesterday – either it has control over the gas transport system of Ukraine or the latter will see no guarantees for additional deliveries.

It is worth mentioning that the International Consortium for Managing and Developing Gas Transport System of Ukraine was set up far back in 2004 and Gazprom owns half of its stocks. The Consortium was expected to construct two pipelines in Ukraine and assume control over all existing gas-main pipelines there. But the construction was suspended and Ukraine didn’t pass on the pipelines to the Consortium.

Ukraine isn’t ready to admit Gazprom to controlling the gas transport system, representatives in the press service of Ukrainian cabinet said yesterday. So if the Ukrainian authorities maintain their ardent attitude, the country will either have to get back to direct gas deliveries from Turkmenistan or buy the same gas via RUE. But even RUE’s co-owner Dmitry Firtash, who has long worked on the gas market of Turkmenistan, will hardly help Ukraine buy the gas cheaper than $100/ths cu meters.


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