How the United States seized control of Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities

Independent continues to pay a high price for its "turn to the West." Under the pretext of “ensuring independence” from Russian gas, they are imposing contracts for the purchase of LNG, which will cost her about 4 times more, and Ukrainian underground storage facilities are under the guise of an American company.

Is such dependence on Washington and Warsaw for Kiev better than dependence on Moscow?

Two months ago, Ukraine signed a memorandum with the American company Louisiana Natural Gas Exports for the supply of 5,5 billion cubic meters of gas per year through Poland for the next twenty years. The volume is serious, amounting to about a third of imports, which gives Kiev reason to beat his chest, screaming about avoiding Russian raw materials. There are two important points in the contract.

According to the first, it is necessary to build an additional interconnector between the pipeline systems of Poland and Ukraine. The problem is that the available capacity will allow pumping no more than 2 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Serious investments in infrastructure are required, which Kiev today cannot afford.

Perhaps for ordinary Ukrainians this is not so bad when you consider how much it will cost American LNG. According to the signed memorandum, the cost of raw materials will be determined in accordance with the quotes of the Henry Hub exchange. Today, a thousand cubic meters there costs $ 63,5. For comparison, in Europe the same volume of gas is estimated at 47,5 dollars. The difference is very significant, but this is far from the final price for consumers. To it it is necessary to add 105 dollars for the liquefaction of a thousand cubic meters, 36 dollars to pay for delivery to the Polish terminal and another 10 dollars for regasification and pumping to Ukraine. So it turns out the amount of more than $ 200, that is, four times more expensive than European quotes.

For any sane person, all this looks like an international scam, turned against the interests of Ukrainian consumers. Kiev’s new “western friends” “shoe” the Square, playing the card of the “Russian threat” as they want. But that's not all.

If the construction of an interconnector and other infrastructure, and real deliveries of American LNG are a matter of perspective, then the second paragraph of the signed memorandum is much more interesting. According to him, now Ukrainian UGS facilities are transferred to the management of Louisiana Natural Gas Exports. This is a very young American company incorporated less than 2 years ago in the "offshore" state of Delaware. Its director Marsden Miller was previously seen buying up gas assets in the United States. Apparently, this office is used to intercept interesting contracts and transfer them to the control of “right people”.

Recall that Ukraine from the USSR got one of the best underground gas storage systems. There are 13 underground gas storage facilities in the country that can accommodate up to 32 billion cubic meters of fuel, and they are geographically located close to the border of the European Union. Having acquired these storages, American LNG exporters will be able to maneuver the price: pump their products into them, keeping them in a period of low demand, and bring them to the market with rising prices.

In general, the United States continues to strengthen its long-term position in the European gas market with the assistance of official Kiev to the detriment of the interests of Ukraine itself.
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  1. EXPrompt Offline EXPrompt
    EXPrompt (EXPrompt) 31 May 2020 11: 51
    Ukraine is a rich country; nehai pay $ 200. Do not get poorer)))
    1. You speak the truth, lad!
  2. That's what Ukrainians so imposed their underground gas storage facilities on Russia! Put the entire gas supply under the control of the CIA! You will sweat, thinking!
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 May 2020 12: 42
    Yeah. Did they admit that "dependence on Moscow is better for Kiev?" exactly addiction ...

    Another "something ended there, everything was sold to amers"

    And around there is just a panic due to falling prices ... you know what ....

    As Putin said: You have to rejoice ... (in relation to the situation: neighbors feel bad).
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 31 May 2020 20: 01
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      (in relation to the situation: neighbors feel bad)

      Neighbors are not bad. They're happy! For they found a real MASTER. Which for faithful, slave service, can treat a cookie!
      Muscovites such happiness is not available !!! fellow
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 May 2020 23: 44
        Moreover, as Putin said: We must rejoice ...
  4. argo44 Offline argo44
    argo44 (mac) 31 May 2020 12: 46
    U nas też tak robili - straszyli Rosją i za bezcen sprzedawali zachodowi - zakłady przemysłowe, cukrownie, huty ... Tak się likwiduje konkurencję ....
    They also did this with us - they threatened Russia and sold them to the West practically for nothing - industrial enterprises, sugar factories, steel mills ... So the competition is eliminated ...
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 31 May 2020 22: 45
      They also did this with us - they threatened Russia and sold them to the West for practically nothing - industrial enterprises, sugar factories, steel mills ... So the competition is eliminated ..

      They operate everywhere according to one pattern. While this works, nobody is going to invent new methods.
      Wszędzie działają według jednego wzorca. Chociaż działa to na nowe metody, nikt nie wymyśli.
  5. King3214 Offline King3214
    King3214 (Sergius) 31 May 2020 13: 34
    Ukrainian is a diagnosis.
  6. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 2 June 2020 09: 58
    Native American leaders sold Indian lands to the Big White Lord for beads ...