NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine has started to import natural gas, according to Ukrainian Minister of Energy German Galushchenko.
"Naftogaz has started [gas imports]. We are speaking about 300 million cubic meters in February," Galushchenko said, Ukrinform reports.
According to the minister, gas imports come from Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. Galushchenko added that private companies also import gas.
"The price now ranges from USD 900-1,000 per a thousand cubic meters," the minister commented.
Galushchenko noted that Ukraine expects to import about 130 million cubic meters of gas from Hungary in February. The total firm capacity for gas imports from this country is 8 million cubic meters per day.
As reported, LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU) and the Slovak operator Eustream a.s. agreed to increase the firm capacity for gas imports to Ukraine by 15 million cubic meters per day.
On February 1, Ukraine started physical import of gas from Hungary for the first time. Earlier, Gas TSO of Ukraine and the Hungarian operator FGSZ agreed to extend the firm capacity for natural gas transportation from Hungary to Ukraine until September 30, 2022.