State gas company Ukrtransgaz has transferred to the newly created branch of the Operator of the Ukrainian GTS assets for a total amount of 250 billion. This was stated by the head of the branch, acting President of the company Miroslav Khimko, UNIAN reports.
“On November 30, we gave 50 thousand items of assets worth 250 billion UAH”, – he said.
According to Khimko, to date, the branch was re-signed 1100 of the transportation contracts and 19 thousand contracts will be renegotiated before the end of this year. The branch staff is 309 employees.
“The branch will monitor the entire process of gas transportation”, – said Khimki.
According to the chief commercial officer of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko, in the future, this branch will become a separate and independent legal entity. This can be done only after the issuance of the Stockholm arbitration decision on the case between Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom regarding gas transit contract.
“Ideally, if we in February will receive the decision of the Stockholm arbitration, which resolves to amend the contract with Gazprom, he executes the decision and changes are made, and by this time the Ministry of energy fulfils all the requirements – then, relatively speaking, in March or spring separates the new operator,” – said Vitrenko.
In 2015, the government initiated the reform of Naftogaz Ukrainy to fulfill the requirements of the Third energy package of the European energy community involving the separation of production, transportation and supply of fuel to the final consumers.
In the framework of the reform on 9 November 2016, the Cabinet adopted a decision on the establishment of a new company – operator GTS – gas pipelines of Ukraine.
The government and the Ministry of energy responsible for the creation of a legal entity – the company’s Main gas pipelines of Ukraine and Naftogaz over the content of its real assets. So in early October, in the structure of Ukrtransgaz was created as a separate branch, which concentrated in itself the staff, and a gas distribution assets. According to Naftogaz, the branch had already established the effective management of GTS and ensured uninterrupted transit of natural gas.