Ukraine hopes that in the next 2-3 days it will sign a reverse gas supply agreement with Slovakia, Ukraine’s Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavitsky said.
UNIAN quotes him as saying that now that the head of Ukrtransgas has come back from leave, the agreement will be finalized.
Reverse gas supplies from Slovakia have been actively discussed throughout this year among the key alternative fuel sources for Ukraine.
In Sept 2013 Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski said that Slovakia was not sure if it was able to re-export Gazprom’s gas to Ukraine without that company’s consent.
In Oct 2013, after a meeting with EU Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger, Stavitsky said that despite contradictions with Gazprom, Ukraine had almost agreed with Slovakia on the supplies but needed more time for solving technical problems. He said that the supplies might be started in Sept 2014 and could amount to some 10bln c m a year.
In late Nov 2013 Ukraine received a signed contract from Slovakia.
During their last meeting in Moscow on Dec 17 the Ukrainian and Russian presidents agreed that Russia will reduce its gas price for Ukraine from the average of $400 in 2013 to 268.5 per 1,000 c m.
Despite the agreement, Stavitsky said that Ukraine is still willing to sign the reverse gas supply agreement with Slovakia as it still feels the need to diversify its fuel suppliers.