10:12 23.11.2017

PM blames Naftogaz of having low market share for gas sold to commercial sector

PM blames Naftogaz of having low market share for gas sold to commercial sector

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has blamed national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy of having a low market share for sales of natural gas to the commercial sector.

"On the other hand, the monopolist, which has huge opportunities and is the most serious player on the market, has lost its positions in the commercial gas market. In the entire structure of gas sales to industry Naftogaz has up to 7%," he said at a government meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday.

According to Groysman, this may be due to the fact that the company did not have the appropriate priority.

At the same time, the prime minister recalled the need to create maximum competition in the country's natural gas market.

"I emphasize that the competitive gas market should be created in Ukraine. Naftogaz should not dominate on it. The one who has the lowest gas price should dominate. Compete with each other," he said.

According to National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER), as of November 2017, about 350 gas licenses have been issued in Ukraine. In particular, large global companies and traders got licenses, in particular Trafigura, MET Holding and Engie.

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