Gas price at the European market decreased lower, than the level provided by the current resolution on special obligations of the Cabinet of Ministers, for the first time for the first time during the existence of the regime of imposing special obligations. It is stated in a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev, to the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who was at the disposal of the EP.
Naftogaz purchased gas in Slovakia at a price equivalent to 5981 UAH/thousand cubic meters. Including VAT and transportation and delivery costs, it corresponds to a retail price of approximately 8380 UAH/thousand cubic meters.
“Gas market reform in Ukraine has enabled dozens of companies to freely buy gas at the European market and supplies it to commercial consumers”, the letter says.
“If Ukrainian households are given the opportunity to freely choose a supplier of natural gas, one can reasonably expect that the price offered by the competitive market will be less than the current regulated price”, Kobolev said.
Andriy Kobolev suggested to the Cabinet of Ministers to consider the possibility of full liberalization of natural gas supplies for all categories of consumers from April 1, 2019. Liberalization provides for the abolition of the regime of imposing special obligations and the elimination of the existing restrictions for changing the supplier of natural gas, which are now used by private gas sales companies.
According to the special obligations, from May 1, 2019, the gas price for the population should rise to 9852 UAH per 1.000 cubic meters, it can also rise to 12314 UAH from January 1, 2020.