Naftogaz is concerned about Gazprom’s repeated failures to maintain the minimum contractual pressure in the Russian gas transmission system at the entry points to Ukraine. The latest substantial drop of gas pressure has taken place on Monday at the Sudzha gas metering station. Pressure in the Russian gas transmission system at this key entry point dropped to as low as 53.5 atm against the minimum 60.0 atm stipulated by the contract.
Naftogaz is worried that Gazprom may not be able to maintain stable gas pressure levels because of the poor condition of the Russian gas transportation infrastructure at certain locations. Since 2011, the Russian side has not been disclosing regular statistics on emergencies and failures at its traditional gas pipelines and focused on new pipeline projects instead. The analysis of the reasons behind the persistent pressure failures is further complicated by Gazprom's refusal to comment on the situation.
Ukraine is fully committed to continue the diligent performance of its gas transit obligations in line with the existing contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom. The Ukrainian side conducts all necessary actions to ensure secure gas transmission during the upcoming winter season. All the necessary activities are duly funded.
In June 2014, Gazprom Export, a Gazprom’s subsidiary, unilaterally cancelled the balancing services contract with Ukrtransgaz, Naftogaz subsidiary operating the transmission system. Since then, Ukraine does not have any commitments to provide Gazprom with additional gas volumes to cover sharp demand increases in its European markets.
In late July 2016, Naftogaz applied to the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat with the request to consider dispatching a monitoring mission to analyze the reasons behind the abrupt pressure drops in the Russian gas transmission system at the entry points to Ukraine.