Naftogaz of Ukraine has signed an agreement with Statoil for deliveries of natural gas. The first such agreement between Naftogaz and Statoil, it expands the pool of gas suppliers to Ukraine and also opens a new market for Statoil. The Norway oil and gas company has started shipments to Naftogaz via Slovakia on October 1.
Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, commented on the deal: “The agreement marks a significant breakthrough for Naftogaz. The multiple gas interconnectors that have been built over the last few years in Europe are substantially improving energy security, both for the EU and Ukraine. Working together, ensuring gas flows both ways, will significantly improve the liquidity and the stability of the EU market. We are committed to integrating Ukraine fully into the EU energy market and working with the European Commission and other key actors to do so”.
Yuriy Vitrenko, Managing Director, International Business at Naftogaz added: “In a way, this deal is revolutionary to Naftogaz. Within a very short time frame, we have managed to understand and employ standard European gas trading practices, including EFET contracts, and to incorporate these norms into the framework of Ukrainian internal regulations. This deal symbolizes our faith in making change possible in Naftogaz. It also provides tangible proof that our commitment to reform and our ability to operate in accordance with common EU norms is being noticed and respected in the market, gaining us the trust of Western European companies."
Public Relations Department
National Joint-Stock Company «Naftogaz of Ukraine»