“Gazprom” began the dismantling of pipes for transit through Ukraine

In the absence of a contract for gas supplies to Ukraine, Gazprom began dismantling pipes on its territory near the border with the republic. About this in an interview with OilPoint told the head of the Operator of the GTS of Ukraine (OGTSU) Sergey Makogon.

“In fact, they want to destroy even the theoretical possibility of gas transit through Ukraine in the future,” he stressed, adding that such actions seem to be a problem, but Kiev is not able to influence them.

Makogon noted that if Russia can complete the construction of Nord Stream-2 and begins to use it in accordance with the plans, the Ukrainian gas transportation system will remain completely without transit. In this case, it will have to be used for domestic supply, import, and production.

According to him, Russia could sell gas on the border with Ukraine, and in this case, it would be possible to agree with European companies, but Gazprom is categorically against such contracts.

Currently, the construction of Nord Stream-2 is being hindered by US sanctions. They threaten the owner of the vessel involved in laying pipes along the bottom of the sea. It can be completed by the Russian pipe-layer “Akademik Chersky”, but for work in the waters of Denmark, he should get insurance. In addition, Washington intends to tighten restrictions to completely block the pipeline. In turn, Europe had previously halved its design capacity in half.

Russia has not supplied gas to Ukraine since 2015. In January, a new transit contract for deliveries to Europe entered into force. It provides for pumping 65 billion cubic meters per year in 2020 and 40 billion in the next four years. (Source: rambler)