Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz accused Russian gas supplier Gazprom on October 26 of continuing to violate technical requirements of the transit contract with Naftogaz, failing to maintain gas pressure in Russian trunk pipelines at Sudzha entry point located on the Ukraine-Russia border.
According to Ukrtransgaz, the Ukrainian transmission system operator, Gazprom has failed to maintain the contract pressure (60-65 kgf/sq. cm) at Sudzha entry point to Ukraine during 259 days since the beginning of the year (88% of days). The current pressure is only 55.8 kgs/sq. cm, with 60 kgs/sq. cm of minimum pressure stipulated in the contract, Naftogaz said in a press release.
“As a responsible transit partner for the EU, Naftogaz continues to ensure secure transmission of gas volumes expected by European customers despite the pressure deficiencies on the Russian side,” Naftogaz argued. “However, recent incidents on Russia’s trunk pipelines and Gazprom’s inability to maintain the contract pressure are raising concerns regarding the security of gas supplies from Russia for transit this winter,” the Ukrainian national oil and gas company claimed.
The European Commission energy spokeswoman told New Europe on October 26 “the Commission has no specific comment”.
Naftogaz said in the press statement on October 26 that the permanent monitoring group of the European Commission is in constant contact with Ukrtransgaz and receives continuous gas flows and pressure data.
“This year, Russian gas transit through Ukraine has hit its nine-year high,” Naftogaz said, adding that the Ukrainian company transported over 70 billion cubic metres (+23% year-on-year) of Russian gas was transmitted to EU countries and Moldova through Ukraine over the first 9 months of 2017. In 2016, 46% of Russian gas exports to the EU and Turkey were transited via Ukraine.