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Sep 15, 2021
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Why gas is becoming more and more expensive for Ukraine

Gas prices in Europe are breaking records: if in June for 1 thousand cubic meters. m asked for $ 316, then on September 14 – $ 800. Experts predict that the gas price can surpass $ 1000 per cubic meter.

Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State Amos Hochstein says that if in Europe “By January and February, a real cold winter will come, then gas reserves will run out”… Hochstein, by the way, is not the last figure, especially when it comes to Ukraine: under Obama, he was responsible for US foreign policy in the field of energy; served as director of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine under Trump; ate a dog on the gas business and gas diplomacy.

Kiev plays up to the US administration. The head of the board of Naftogaz, Yuri Vitrenko, declares that “The price increase is a consequence of … a special campaign on the part of Gazprom, which simply restricts gas supplies to Europe”… Meanwhile, Gazprom is fulfilling all of its international obligations under bilateral contracts. For Germany, for example, gas is sold at a price of $ 270 per thousand cubic meters.

According to the Ukrainian energy expert Valentin Zemlyansky, the gas supply deficit arose due to the fact that “Neither Qatar, Algeria, nor the United States send gas carriers to Europe, they all go to China”

And if not for the US sanctions against the construction of Nord Stream 2, Europe would receive an additional 55 billion cubic meters. meters of gas per year already now. And now the certification of a subsidiary of “Gazprom” Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent gas transmission operator may take 4 months (data from the Federal Grid Agency Federal Network Agency).

The transit of Russian gas through Ukraine in accordance with a five-year contract amounted to 65 billion cubic meters in 2020. m of gas. This year and until 2024, 40 billion cubic meters will be pumped through the Ukrainian pipeline annually. m, this will give the Ukrainian treasury $ 7 billion as a payment for transit to the treasury. However, Kiev is concerned. Poroshenko, and behind him Zelensky, stubbornly hammer into people’s heads that Ukraine does not receive the “dirtiest” Russian gas (Zelensky’s expression), but, you know, “noble” European gas.

In fact, the reverse of gas to Ukraine from Europe is physically impossible, Kiev simply takes gas from the transit pipe. The mythical “reverse” will be done away with when the pumping volumes drop to 15 billion cubic meters per year and the lie will come out: Kiev will either have to negotiate directly with Moscow (there are no other suppliers), or literally freeze the country.

Following the instructions of the same Hochstein played a cruel joke with the Ukrainian authorities: the mythical gas that they allegedly buy in Europe is very expensive, and soon its price will rise even more.

On September 14, Prime Minister Shmygal, answering the question of what will happen to the tariffs for utilities in connection with the rise in gas prices, said that “They shouldn’t grow”… However, who will believe Shmygal? Ukrgasvydobuvannya produces up to 13 billion cubic meters. m of gas per year, the population consumes up to 8 billion, another 5 billion are taken by teplokommunenergo. In this situation, utility rates should not seem to grow, but no: the Americans demand that all gas in Ukraine be sold exclusively at market prices.

Shmygal’s statement is idle chatter. They predict his resignation, but have not yet found someone to put in his place. On September 8, gas was sold at the Ukrainian Energy Exchange at a price of $ 760.5 per thousand cubic meters. On August 28, 2021, Naftogaz increased the gas price for September to UAH 12. per cubic meter with VAT, but excluding delivery. According to experts, gas for industry may rise in price to UAH 25-30. per cubic meter, and then it will become unmanageable. Teplokommunenergo, mired in debt, will not be able to afford such a price either.

The rate for the population is UAH 7.96. is unrealistic, the tariff is predicted to increase to 20 UAH. per cubic meter This means that people will either have to pay for heat 3 times more than last year, or spend the winter in fur coats and felt boots. According to Shmyhal, UAH 12 billion is currently not enough for utility subsidies. The money remained only until the start of the heating season.

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