NJSC «Naftogaz of Ukraine» plans to involve international consultants for determination of economically sound transit rate

NJSC «Naftogaz of Ukraine» constantly holds negotiations with several known international companies regarding provision of services for determination of economically sound rate for natural gas transit through the territory of Ukraine.

The company has to note that in the course of the last several years in mass-media there were many statements concerning optimal amount of tariff rate for the services of natural gas transit through the territory of Ukraine. «Expert appraisals» vary within broad range: in January 2006 the leaders of the country welcomed increase of the transit rate to the level of $1,6 per 1 thousand cubic metres for 100 km, and in 2008 there were estimations concerning optimality of the value $2,3 to $13.

Along with that the consultations with European specialists in gas transport sector more than once confirmed economical reasonableness of the tariff for natural gas transit, which has been fixed by the agreement of January 19, 2009.

Taking into consideration high interest of the society in the mentioned question and big quantity of «analytical conclusions» concerning inconsistence of existing conditions of the contract for provision of the services of gas transit NJSC «Naftogaz of Ukraine» adopted the decision concerning involvement of independent and authoritative western consulting company for provision of the mentioned services, among which are both auditing firms of the «Great Four» and leading world consultants for tariff services in the sphere of power engineering such as Arthur D.Little.

The norms of the Contract between NJSC «Naftogaz of Ukraine» and OJSC «Gazprom» concerning the transit of the Russian gas also provide for civilized ways of optimization of legal and economical contract categories.

The company expects to receive final report for analytical work by the end of 2009, and meanwhile addresses all political forces and interested parties with the request to stop speculations on the issue of the rate for natural gas transit and expediency of revision of existing contractual relations with OJSC «Gazprom».

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