“Download or pay”: Russian “Gazprom” fell into bondage of Kiev for 5 years


The New Year’s signing of a new transit agreement with Ukraine caused an ambiguous reaction. Advocates, professional and their voluntary assistants, are trying hard to put this as a victory for Gazprom. Skeptics tend to see an act of surrender in this contract. So what did the top managers of our “national treasure” actually sign up to?


What Ukraine won


At firstKiev ordered Gazprom to use its GTS for another five years, pumping 65 billion cubic meters of gas in the first year and 40 billion each in the next four years. The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine expects to gain $ 7 billion from this order.

Secondly, President Zelensky actually retained his country's gas transportation system, which was predicted to soon collapse and dismantle it for scrap. At the same time, formally, Ukraine continues to be considered independent of Russian gas supplies: it, gas, still comes from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia via the so-called “virtual reverse”.

ThirdlyIndependent, thanks to the transit agreement, got rid of the need to carry out a further increase in tariffs for domestic consumers. So, it was expected that tariffs for gas transportation for Ukrainians should have quadrupled.

What did Gazprom get


As it turned out, the monopolist’s leadership once again outwitted itself. The unsightly reality is as follows.

Fact No. 1. Now the gas giant must be guided by the “download or pay” condition.

Fact No. 2. The contract was concluded on much worse terms than the old one from 2009. In particular, in the former there was a quarterly breakdown of gas volumes pumped through Ukraine. That Miller signed at the end of 2019, now this coordination needs to be done daily.

That is, every day in 2020 Gazprom should apply for pumping 178 million cubic meters of gas, and since 2021 - 110 million cubic meters. In different seasons, in different months, weeks and days, the monopolist needs the Ukrainian gas transportation system in different volumes. However, the board remains fixed. Energy expert Dmitry Marunich comments on this as follows:

Even if the real volumes of pumping turn out to be less, the money is still paid out - the condition is “download or pay” ... Think about it: pumped less than 178 million cubic meters per day - you overpay, pumped more - you pay extra. Losses on both sides.

Now the state corporation will get money in front of Kiev with unenviable regularity. Another “victory” from the notorious “effective managers”.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 20 January 2020 11: 50
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    Did someone read the text of the contract? If not, I recommend folding the sheet with the facts set out No. 1 and No. 2 into a tube.
    The author can explain the strange behavior of Gazprom.

    ... that is, every day in 2020 Gazprom must apply for pumping 178 million cubic meters of gas

    but for some reason ...

    On January 1, only 49,3 million cubic meters of gas were pumped through the gas transportation system of Ukraine. January 2 transit fell to 38,8 million cubic meters

    https://newizv.ru/news/economy/04-01-2020/tranzit-rossiyskogo-gaza-cherez-ukrainu-sokratilsya-v-pyat-raz

    Does Miller drive himself into debt? Or did he just not read the contract?
    1. Vasya Pupenko Offline
      Vasya Pupenko (Vasya Pupenko) 20 January 2020 12: 00
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      But Gazprom will still pay for 178 million cubic meters every day - we must help the fraternal Bandera people! And if anyone thinks that Ukraine will no longer file lawsuits against the Russian Federation to the Stockholm arbitration, in which everything is seized and dashed off - that sucker is concrete.
      In general, the impression is that on the part of the Russian Federation someone is in the stake.
      1. S.V.YU Offline
        S.V.YU 20 January 2020 17: 37
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        In Soviet times, this was called WRESTLING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      2. 123 Offline
        123 (123) 20 January 2020 19: 19
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        But Gazprom will still pay for 178 million cubic meters every day - we must help the fraternal Bandera people!

        Excuse me, did you read the contract? Or so fantasize?

        And if anyone thinks that Ukraine will no longer file lawsuits against the Russian Federation to the Stockholm arbitration, in which everything is seized and dashed off - that sucker is concrete.

        Then, apparently, I am the very sucker, I doubt very much that Stockholm is registered in the new treaty. Rather, some kind of Singapore.
      3. Sergey Astashkin (Sergey Astashkin) 22 January 2020 07: 11
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        Here, only the highest oligarchs and power can be in the stake ...
    2. Natan bruk Offline
      Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 20 January 2020 13: 37
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      The weather is very warm in Europe, there is not much demand, and the storages are full. And you have to pay, you can’t get anywhere.
  2. Marzhecki Offline
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 20 January 2020 12: 37
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    Quote: 123
    Does Miller drive himself into debt? Or did he just not read the contract?

    Why yourself? When did Gazprom become his personal property? By the way, I won’t be surprised if he didn’t read ....
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 20 January 2020 19: 25
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      Why yourself? When did Gazprom become his personal property?
      By the way, I won’t be surprised if he didn’t read ....

      Without reading, signing all kinds of agreements (for example, association with the EU) is a typically Ukrainian approach. If the contract stipulates daily filing of applications and pumping, all the more “download or pay” and pumping fell 5 times .... Something does not fit. I still propose, before the publication of the contract, to return to the option of curtailing facts No. 1-2 in a tube.
  3. Nikolaevich I Offline
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 20 January 2020 12: 44
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    Effective managers

    belay fool Oh well...

  4. Port Offline
    Port 20 January 2020 13: 45
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    Quote: Natan Bruk
    And you have to pay, you can’t get anywhere.

    In order to erase the slobbering smirks of enemies, and change the Constitution.
  5. Port Offline
    Port 20 January 2020 13: 50
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    Quote: Nikolaevich I
    Effective managers

    Naftogaz contains Kobolev’s mother, and Gazprom’s Miller’s mother - everything is logical.
  6. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 20 January 2020 14: 42
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    Well, why is the Ukrainian government considered ineffective after such an agreement with Gazprom? And what was it called under Stalin?
    And, by the way, a dry summer is expected, and in the reservoirs of Crimea there is only enough water until the end of winter. Was it really impossible to link the gas agreement with the agreement on the supply of water to the Crimea? After all, this is now the territory of Russia and the Russian government should think about the water supply to Crimea. On the nose is the new holiday season. Last year in the Crimea there were 7 million people. What will they drink in the event of a drought this year? Champagne? And in Armyansk, a chemical plant requires large expenditures of scarce fresh water, otherwise a technogenic accident.
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  7. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 20 January 2020 17: 48
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    If a person is happy with everything, you will never prove to him that everything is really bad. Until it touches him himself, and then screaming, screaming and indignation. They told you so! So stay in the shoes of the dissatisfied. That’s when he himself comes across housing and communal services, the prosecutor’s office, hospitals, he pays money, his brains quickly get in a row. But such stubborn NEVER plead guilty and will not apologize. CONCLUSION: Who is friends with brains, he himself understands everything, and on others and time and nerves to spend - DO NOT RESPECT YOURSELF!
  8. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 21 January 2020 09: 05
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    What did you want?
    In the words of VV PUTIN in a similar case - We must rejoice !!!

    So you can rejoice !!
  9. Sergey Astashkin (Sergey Astashkin) 22 January 2020 06: 54
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    This is a corruption deal. Putin must answer, Miller would not have signed without the consent of VV Damaging "managers". Any cleaning lady would be better able to fulfill the duties of current high-ranking officials ...
  10. Roarv Offline
    Roarv (Robert) 22 January 2020 11: 44
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    This is already somewhat reminiscent of the Berezovsky Scheme in Chechnya of the 90s - two sides are fighting, and oil is pumping through the oil pipeline, and people are dying under shelling .....
  11. yury semru Offline
    yury semru (yury semru) 22 January 2020 20: 40
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    Marzhetsky in every article carries a blizzard, and the people are animatedly discussing.
    1. yury semru Offline
      yury semru (yury semru) 22 January 2020 20: 41
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      On this site, besides Marzhetsky, is anyone else writing?
  12. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 25 January 2020 23: 05
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    Europe is reluctant to keep Kiev, and Gazprom has been given an ultimatum - you keep transit - we leave your property in Europe alone. Break off - we begin to gradually confiscate property on the 3rd energy package.
    Gazprom signed a bonded contract - Germany began the process of removing SP-2 and OPAL from under the 3rd energy package, and property arrests in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Britain were lifted. This is hundreds of billions. So Gazprom tried to please the White Sahibs. But still - a bad Indian ...