Yuriy Vitrenko, executive director of Naftogaz Ukrainy, told the Ukrainian publication OilPoint that the Russian Gazprom is losing a lot of money on gas supplies to Ukraine.
The fact is that under a 5-year contract, the Russian company undertook to supply 178,1 million cubic meters to Ukraine every day. m of gas under the condition of “pay or download”, that is, first Gazprom pays the Ukrainian side for the gas volumes under the contract, regardless of the real transit, and then it supplies gas as much as it is really able to do.
So, in the first four months of this year, the transit of "blue fuel" may reach 15,6 billion cubic meters. m, the contract also provides for a volume of 21,6 billion cubic meters. m. Moreover, the difference in money is $ 190 million, which is a loss to Gazprom, as the Russian company has already paid this money to Ukraine. In April, real deliveries already make up about 84% of the contracts, which gives hope that Gazprom will straighten its transit costs by the end of the year.
Most of all, gas supplies decreased through the Yamal - Europe gas pipeline. In May of this year, the terms of the agreements between Poland and Russia for transportation are coming to an end, and the Russian group may be preparing for new terms of the contract.