18:00 13.01.2009

Naftogaz acknowledges it couldn't take Russian gas

Ukrainian national oil and gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy said it was unable to accept 76.6 million cubic meters of natural gas for transit to the Orlivka station (in Odesa region) since that would have meant leaving the Odesa, Donetsk and Luhansk regions and portions of the Dnepropetrovsk region without gas, company head Oleg Dubyna told journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"We did not open up the valve because that was not possible," he said.

After Gazprom made the proposal to deliver 76 million cubic meters to the Sudzha-1400 station, of which 12 million cubic meters would go to Moldova and the remainder to the Orlivka station, Naftogaz Ukrainy made a counteroffer that those volumes be delivered to the Pysarivka and Valuyki stations, Dubyna said.

"We are ready to transport those volumes to Moldova and Orlivka. Naturally, we were refused," he said.

Ukraine's gas transportation system has been operating autonomously since transit of Russian gas halted, Dubyna said.

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