Russia`s gas giant Gazprom has asked Ukrainian state-run Ukrtransgaz, operator of the local gas transport system, to ensure an increase in gas transit shipments via Ukraine due to ongoing repairs to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, according to Ukrtransgaz`s press service.
”Yesterday, Gazprom filed an application with Ukrtransgaz for boosting shipments of natural gas to European consumers by 20% to 275 million cubic meters per day. The Russian partners explained that the request was made due to repairs to the Nord Stream gas pipeline,” the press service said.
The operator confirmed that the application could be met only within contractual obligations. However, according to Ukrtransgaz`s central dispatcher department, the Russian side had not done anything by 10:00 local time on Tuesday to fulfill its contractual obligations related to the level of pressure at gas measuring stations along the border.
”The operator of Ukraine`s gas transport system is ready to satisfy Gazprom`s increased application if the Russian side abides by its contractual obligations, and in particular, ensures the required level of pressure at gas measuring stations located in Russian territory along the border,” the Ukrainian company stated.
Repair plans for the transcontinental gas pipelines, used to ship gas to Europe, including via the Nord Stream, were approved in December 2015 by the countries that import Russian gas, Ukrtransgaz recalled.
As UNIAN reported earlier, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine is in litigation with Russia`s Gazprom at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in connection with two contracts. One concerns the transit of Russian gas to the EU via Ukraine and the other is related to the purchase of Russian gas by Ukraine. Moreover, Naftogaz has announced plans to sue Russia for the loss of its Crimean assets following the illegal annexation of the peninsula by Russia.