The completion of the reform of the company Naftogaz of Ukraine, including the separation of functions of the company for the extraction and transportation of energy (unbundling), as well as the involvement of European partners to manage the Ukrainian GTS will allow Ukraine to save the transit of gas to Europe. This was stated by the head of the EU delegation in Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli, UNIAN reports.
“Forget about Nord stream – 2. For Ukraine to remain a transit country for gas, you must complete unbundling. You also need to attract European partners to manage gas transport system, and this will allow Ukraine to keep transit,” he said. He also noted that European companies are interested to participate in the management of the Ukrainian GTS.
The current contract for the transit of gas between Naftogaz and Gazprom was signed in 2009 for a period of 10 years. Top managers of the Russian monopoly have repeatedly stated about the intention or to reduce the transit of gas through Ukraine to EU countries (up to 15 billion cubic meters per year) in 2020, or stop it. To this end, Russia is actively lobbying for the construction of two bypass routes of gas pipelines through the Baltic sea (Nord stream – 2) and Black sea (Turkish stream).
However, this year, Russia pumped through Ukraine record amount of gas: 8 months 2017 transit through the territory of Ukraine grew by 23% to 51.2 billion cubic meters.
Earlier, on 15 September, Vice-President of the European Commission on Energy Union Maros Sefcovic stated that the renewal of gas transit through the territory of Ukraine after the end of the existing contract with Gazprom is a priority for Europe.