January 05, 2006 |
|The price for Turkmen gas will rise for Ukraine from today's $50/ths cubic meters to $60/ths cubic meters starting from the next half-year, RIA Novosti quoted Ukrainian PM Yury Yekhanurov as saying. |
Ukraine will get 34 billion cubic meters of gas at $95/ths cubic meters in 2006. This amount includes all gas of Russia and a portion of Turkmen gas, Yekhanurov specified.
The prices won't go up again for Ukrainian population at least in the first half-year, Yekhanurov told the 1+1 TV Channel in live air.
As to the enterprises, where "order will be established by a hand of iron," Yekhanurov vowed, the prices will double the ones set for the population, Interfax reported.
According to the press service of Ukrainian government, the 2006 gas balance of the country sets forth 76.5 billion cubic meters, including up to 40 billion cubic meters shipped by Turkmenistan, 16.5 billion supplied by Russia and 20 billion produced by Ukraine.
Under the contract recently made by Russia's Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ukraine will be getting Russia's gas via RosUkrEnergo. RosUkrEnergo will pay for it $230/ths cubic meters but mix it with the cheaper gas of Central Asia and sell to Ukraine at $95/ths cubic meters.
Under the new agreement, Gazprom and Naftogaz will settle for any and all gas, either delivered to Ukraine or shipped via the territory of the latter, only by money, and the gas delivery and its transit are not tied to each other, spokesmen of those two companies made it clear recently.