Naftogaz of Ukraine has started counting the Russian gas supplied through the Prokhorovka measuring station on the border of Russia and the self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk, as part of its contracted purchase.
Supplies of Gazprom gas to war-torn regions in south-eastern Ukraine will not be accounted to Kiev’s prepaid gas volumes of the current ‘winter package’ deal, the Russian energy minister said after trilateral talks in Brussels on Monday.
The Dutch government apologized on Monday for discounting the dangers from earth tremors caused by natural gas extraction in the northern province of Groningen just weeks after a report blamed the government and energy companies for ignoring the dangers.
Ukraine’s Naftogaz has paid Gazprom $15 million for gas delivery. At current levels, the prepayment covers one day's gas consumption and will be spent by Tuesday, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov said.
The European Union has decided to turn to alternative gas suppliers such as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Algeria and Turkey following recent “political challenges” including the Ukraine crisis and the cancellation of the Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline.