The head of the Ukrainian GTS Operator, Serhii Makohon, said that the company is ready to provide additional capacities for the transit of gas from Russia to the EU for the timely restoration of gas reserves in European storage facilities, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Once again, we confirm our readiness to provide additional capacities for the transit of gas from the Russian Federation to the EU… Gazprom only needs to apply with an appropriate proposal to increase the volume of the contract and book additional capacities,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, if Gazprom does not want to book additional capacities for transit, then an alternative solution is to allow European traders to receive gas at the Ukraine-Russian border and then independently transport it to Europe.
Europe is currently increasing its gas consumption dramatically. Global supplies of LNG, as well as pipeline gas from Russia, are at their maximum, but this does not allow for the time being to start massive pumping of gas into underground storage facilities to prepare for next winter.
To recap, Gazprom has booked all the proposed additional transit capacity of Ukraine for May.
Earlier, Makohon reported that Gazprom had reduced gas transit through Ukraine.