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Ukraine asks for ‘big gas reverse’ from Slovakia

Published time: June 25, 2014 15:20
Ukrainian minister of Energy Yuriy Prodan gives a press conference with the EU commissioner for Energy after their working session on June 25, 2014 at the EU headquarters in Brussels. (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Ukrainian minister of Energy Yuriy Prodan gives a press conference with the EU commissioner for Energy after their working session on June 25, 2014 at the EU headquarters in Brussels. (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Ukraine Energy Minister Yury Prodan says the EU has been asked to start pumping 30 billion cubic meters of gas using reverse flow from Slovakia. Russia has cut supplies to Ukraine until it pays its gas bill; meanwhile Kiev is seeing alternate supplies.

“We have signed a memorandum which stipulates that the maximum amount of small reverse supplies stands at 22 million cubic meters daily. There is another option, large reverse supplies, which may provide us with up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually,” Yuri Prodan said during a meeting with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger in Brussels.

Ukraine has already struck a deal to import 3.2 billion cubic meters of gas from Slovakia through reverse flow, as well as from neighboring Hungary and Poland. The two countries signed a memorandum of intent in April.

Kiev is highly dependent on Russia’s Gazprom to keep the heat on in the winter, but has fallen out with the gas producer over pricing and its huge debt. At the beginning of June, Gazprom switched Ukraine to a prepayment system.

Gazprom doubts the legality of reverse flow gas into Ukraine, since under the contract countries cannot redistribute Russian gas.

Deliveries from Slovakia could satisfy up to 20 percent of Ukraine’s natural gas demand, which in 2013 was 55 billion cubic meters.

Comments (45)

 

Imhoteb 15.08.2014 11:33

100% true! consent !!!

martin 14.08.2014 22:59

Dears, I am Slovak, and have a message for you. 90% of Slovaks stands with Russia in this ukraina sad events. Most Slovaks, despite massive west media propaganda and brainwashing, are able to see the reality. For this gas story, I am really pissed off with this arogant Ukraina puppet government stand where they somehow believe they will keep receiving all free of charge from the west or from Russia. They shall pay the huge debt to Russia and agree on a market price, similar to one central EU countries are paying. Slovakia is with Russia.

  

 

Imhoteb 15.08.2014 11:32

100% true! consent !!!

 

martin 14.08.2014 23:15

Shahna 26.06.2014 15:52

I wonder.....
.... does Slovakia expect Ukraine to pay them for the gas
...does Ukraine expect the gas for free?

  


good question. i am slovak and i am worried. ukraina doesnt even provide eatable bred to their army so how they want to pay us for thi massive gas supply... i just hope this reverse flow will not make slovakia breaching agreements with russian gas provider, but looks like there are indeed some issues.

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