Eustream ready to hold talks on change of rules of Ukraine-Slovakia gas hub
Slovak gas transportation system operator Eustream a.s. is ready to participate in multilateral negotiations on changing the operation rules of the Ukraine-Slovakia gas hub, the company's press service has reported.
"Eustream recognizes the Ukrainian aim to achieve a fully standardized operation on its borders. The solution lies in multilateral negotiations among Ukraine, European Commission, Gazprom and Eustream in line with last year’s agreement in Velke Kapusany. Eustream is ready to participate in such negotiations and support the Ukrainian party in the maximum possible way," reads the report.
"The Ukrainian complaints in connection to Eustream’s transmission contracts with the Russian supplier are irrelevant. The operation of the measurement station in Velke Kapusany is not governed by the above mentioned contract but by separate agreements on technical conditions of transmission. These agreements do not form part of the transmission agreement," the Slovak company said.
According to the report, Eustream must take into account its responsibility to ensure gas transmission to many countries in the European Union.
"At the same time, we emphasize that Ukraine already has the physical reverse flow via the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline (Budince) at its disposal. Despite the fact that the overall capacity of this pipeline is 40 million m3 per day, Ukraine only uses half of its capacity. The level of current transmission is at 20.9 million m3 per day," reads the report.
Earlier, Naftogaz Ukrainy called on Eustream to recognize that the current rules of the operation of the gas hub with Ukraine are not in line with EU law and supports the initiative of the Slovak company to involve the interested parties in drawing up an action plan to remedy the situation.