Ukraine Denies Taking Russia’s EU-Bound Gas During Cold Snap
Ukraine’s state energy company NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy said it didn’t take any Russian natural gas bound for the Europe Union this month, rebuffing earlier comments from its neighbor.
Russian gas shipments were short by 24 million cubic meters a day when they reached Ukraine’s eastern border over a 3-week period, Naftogaz said today in an e-mailed statement. Deliveries averaged 110 million cubic meters a day in that time, it said.
OAO Gazprom, Russia’s natural-gas export monopoly, said on Feb. 2 that Ukraine was taking “significantly” more fuel than contracted. Russia reduced gas exports to parts of Europe in early February during a spell of freezing weather, according to the EU.
Naftogaz fulfilled its transit obligations, Naftogaz’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Vadym Chuprun said in the statement. Ukraine’s gas transportation system is efficient and reliable, he said. Gazprom should provide for necessary gas reserves in Ukrainian underground storage facilities to avoid “problems”, Chuprun said.
Pipelines being built by Russia to bypass Ukraine won’t ensure stability of supply at times of seasonal fluctuations, according to Naftogaz.
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