Mass media: Ukraine should buy gas on 400 dollars

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Yesterday the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller offered the president Victor Yushchenko and the prime minister - to the minister Yulia Timoshenko to pass to pricing on a market formula of cost of gas. According to it, in 2009 the gas price for Ukraine has to reach 75-80% of cost of gas in Poland or 400 dollars for one thousand cubic meter, reports The Kommersant — Ukraine edition with reference to the sources in Cabinet of Ministers.

Change of the principle of pricing, according to experts, can lead to that gas price will quarterly change, but thus it becomes more predictable, than now.

"The parties summed up the cooperation results in the I half-year 2008. Alexey Miller confirmed that supply of gas to Ukraine in 2008 will be made in the volume which is precisely corresponding to the agreement on development of the relations in the gas sphere. Oleg Dubina noted that transit of the Russian gas across the territory of Ukraine is carried out with an overfulfillment of planned volumes", - declare in Ministry of Fuel and Energy.

In the device the prime minister - the minister Yulia Timoshenko to the "Kommersant" reported that during negotiations Alexey Miller suggested to pass since 2009 to formular pricing on gas delivered from Russia. The formula is based on the average world price for oil for the last three months from which the price of transit and a discount for gradual transition for the European prices are subtracted.

On such formula gas price in 2009 for Ukraine will reach 75-80% of gas cost in Poland, told a source of the "Kommersant" in Yulia Timoshenko's device.

If to proceed from today's gas prices for Poland - 420 dollars for one thousand cubic meter, Ukraine will be able to buy gas not cheaper than 315 dollars.

At the same time, earlier Miller declared that the gas price for the European countries next year will make about 500 dollars for one thousand cubic meter. Respectively, the newspaper writes, the price for Ukraine will be not less than 400 dollars for one thousand cubic meter.

During negotiations the prime minister Yulia Timoshenko again suggested to refuse completely participation in supply of gas of the intermediary in the person of RosUkrEnergo. But the head of the Russian gas monopolist noted that RosUkrEnergo has to settle financial questions between Gazprom and Naftogaz which remains the debtor of the Russian monopoly. The Kommersant - Ukraine writes that Yulia Timoshenko once again promised to satisfy all debts till August 1, and the offer on a formula of the price recommended to Alexey Miller to coordinate with the president Victor Yushchenko.

Oleg Zarubinsky, the member of the committee of the Verkhovna Rada on energy industry considers that in Gazprom offer at least two negative moments: the quarterly change in price and refusal of the contractual relations with Russia that won't allow to keep stable low gas prices. Thus the general director of the gas-trading company "Olgaz - investment "Yury Korovin, on the contrary, considers that pricing by means of a formula will make the gas market more predicted.

"At the end of a quarter industrialists will understand, how many specifically they will pay next month", - it considers.

According to the member of the constant commission of BP on situation investigation in the market of natural gas Vasily Kiselyov, the rise in prices for gas extremely will have an adverse effect on an economic situation in Ukraine. Ukrainian теплокоммунэнерго now consume 25 billions cubic meter of import gas.

This gas while is on sale on 135 dollars for one thousand cubic meter, the difference between the price in 179,5 and 135 dollars is subsidized by "Naftogaz". The rise in prices to 410-420 dollars for one thousand cubic meter will lead to triple increase of tariffs for hot water and heating for the country population.


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