Naftogaz of Ukraine said that after integration of the Ukrainian gas market to the European market, the company no longer holds a monopoly position in the gas market. About it reports a press-service of Naftogaz.
“Naftogaz lost its monopoly position with the integration of the Ukrainian market in European. Built with a powerful new message with Slovakia for the supply of gas from European companies. Fully independent importers of gas, which is on the market for dozens, create significant competition for Naftogaz.
The position of Naftogaz in the market even with a strong desire can not lead, for example, to ensure that Naftogaz sold gas at a price higher than a competitive market. Or even worse for the buyers conditions. The lack of such opportunity is proved by the fact that Naftogaz does not occupy a monopoly position in the market”, – said the commercial Director of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko.
The company acknowledged that Naftogaz in accordance with the decisions of the government has almost 100% share in gas supplies to the heating utilities and wholesale gas sales to regional gas supply companies to meet the needs of the population.
“But that doesn’t mean that Naftogaz has a monopoly (dominant) position – because if Naftogaz wants to sell gas to these companies on terms, the worst of the market, they have the opportunity to buy gas from other sellers,” says Vitrenko.
“Talk about a “monopoly” situation of Naftogaz is in the best case, the inertia from the time when Naftogaz has not “opened a window to Europe” and did not provide significant competition in the wholesale market,” the company said.
Naftogaz appealed to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine with a request to conduct its own study of the gas market, which will be able to confirm or deny the monopoly position of the company in the market.
Earlier it was reported that Naftogaz of Ukraine attracted the company, Rothschild S. p.A. to assist in conducting unbundling – office activities for the transportation of gas.