Ukraine to cut Russian gas imports to 20 bcm, to import 5 bcm from Europe in 2013

Ukraine plans to cut gas procurements from Russia to about 20 billion cubic meters (bcm) and to import about 5 bcm in reverse mode from Europe in 2013, Deputy CEO of Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy Vadim Chuprun said at a Friday press conference in Kiev.

"This year we will procure 27.5 bcm of gas from Russia," he said. "At first we thought 24 bcm in 2013, but now we are seeing roughly 20 bcm," he said.

Chuprun did not say how much gas Ukraine had officially requested from Russia for 2013.

"The requests were sent," Chuprun said. "This is a negotiating process, so I'm not going to risk disclosing the details of our request," he said.

Ukraine is currently buying gas from Germany in reverse mode for $100 less than it purchases gas from Russia's Gazprom. In connection with this, the country plans to expand the amount of reverse gas supplies it gets from Europe, he said.

"In 2013 it will be some 5 bcm," Chuprun said.

Ukraine may get reverse supplies not just through Poland, but also through Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, he added.

"We have very closely studied the technical possibilities for reverse gas supplies through these countries, and we provided this information to our partners," Chuprun said.

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