Reverse natural gas supplies from Slovakia to Ukraine will be started from September 1, 2014, the press service of public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The press service said that the memorandum of understanding signed by Ukrtransgaz and Eustream a.s. on the provision of reverse gas supplies to Ukraine foresees taking measures to realize the reverse supplies using two options.
The first option (small reverse) foresees the organization of physical reverse supplies of 22 million cubic meters of gas a day from Slovakia to Ukraine. Supplies could be started from September 1, 2014 after the completion of all technical and organization measures on the territory of Slovakia. The volume of deliveries could be increase after testing of the system.
The second option (large reverse) foresees the holding of certain consultations and carrying out legal actions, including with the participation of Gazprom Export, which fulfills a role of intermediary in the point of transfer of gas on the Ukrainian-Slovakian border today. The technical volume of reverse gas supplies using the second option foresees deliveries of up to 30 billion cubic meters a year.
In addition, the memorandum foresees the cooperation of the European Commission, Eustream and Ukrtransgaz in the signing of a standard operation agreement on the merger of the two neighbor gas transport systems in all gas lines on the border of Ukraine and Slovakia. The operation agreements on the merger of the gas transport systems for the Vojany-Uzhgorod gas pipeline section was signed in Bratislava on April 28.
As reported, on April 28, 2014, the operators of the Ukrainian and Slovakian gas transport systems - Ukrtransgaz and Eustream - signed a memorandum of understanding on the reverse gas supplies.
The memo is to open the opportunities for the realization of the small reverse option (using the Vojany-Uzhgorod gas pipeline) and the large reverse option (the DUG II pipeline, using one of the four not fully loaded sections of the pipeline which is used to transit natural gas to the EU countries).
Ukraine plans that the signing of the memo will be a first step in reverse gas supplies in large volumes.
As reported, Naftogaz Ukrainy from November 2012 started importing natural gas from Germany via Poland under contracts with RWE Supply&Trading GmbH. From April 2013, Ukraine started natural gas supplies from Hungary. Negotiations have begun with gas transport operators from Slovakia and Romania on the possibility of their delivering natural gas to the Ukrainian gas transport system.
In 2013, Ukraine imported 2.132 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Europe.
Naftogaz Ukrainy has resumed reverse gas supplies from Poland and imported around 50.2 million cubic meters on April 15-26, 2014.
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