Naftogaz resumes imports of gas from EU via Poland

Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy has resumed imports of gas from the European Union (EU) via Poland, the press service of gas pipeline operator Ukrtransgaz told Interfax.

Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy has resumed imports of gas from the European Union (EU) via Poland, the press service of gas pipeline operator Ukrtransgaz told Interfax.

"Under a contract signed by Naftogaz Ukrainy and RWE [RWE Supply & Trading], an application to transit gas from April 15 was submitted to Ukrtransgaz. The application is being implemented," the press service said.

Germany's RWE Supply & Trading confirmed the plans to resume supplies of natural gas to Naftogaz Ukrainy via Poland on Tuesday. The German company said that gas supplies to Ukraine are based on the European wholesale prices of gas, including expenses on gas delivery. RWE also said that in 2013, the company supplied around 1 billion cubic meters of gas to Naftogaz Ukrainy.

Ukraine began importing natural gas from Germany through Poland in November 2012 under agreements with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, and in April 2013, gas imports were expanded thanks to supplies from Hungary. Additionally, talks are underway with gas transport operators from Slovakia and Romania on the possibility of delivering natural gas to the Ukrainian gas transport system.

Framework agreements between Naftogaz Ukrainy and German RWE envision supplies of up to 10 billion cubic meters per year to Ukraine, while a contract from 2013 described agreements of up to 5 billion cubic meters with the possibility to increase volumes.

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