Russian energy giant Gazprom, which transits its gas to the EU via Ukraine, continues to violate the agreements on gas pressure values, decreasing the pressure on the entry to the Ukrainian gas transport system at the eastern border, according to Ukrtransgaz spokesman Maksym Beliavskiy.
”Gazprom continues to violate contractual pressure values: at the Russian pumping station Sudzha, its sharp decrease 9% down from the norm was recorded,” the press secretary wrote in a statement published on Facebook.
According to Ukrtransgaz, despite such violations on the part of Gazprom, Ukraine continues to carry out a transit application and ensure the necessary pressure on the western border.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the national oil and gas holding Naftogaz of Ukraine had reported continuous violations by Gazprom of the transit contract conditions on ensuring the minimum pressure of gas on its entry to the Ukrainian gas transport system.
Naftogaz assumed that Russian company is unable to stably maintain the pressure in the system at the required level due to the poor state of part of the Russian gas transportation infrastructure.
In mid-December, Ukrtransgaz reported that of the 30 days of November, contractual pressure on the gas-measuring station Pisarevka was within the norm for only 12 days, and at the station Sudzha it was consistently below the contractual terms.
According to the transit contract between Ukraine and Russia, Gazprom is obliged to annually pump via Ukraine no less than 110 billion cubic meters of natural gas. In January-November 2016 the transit increased by 22% compared to the same period last year – to 73.5 bcm.