Kyiv facing total shutdown of gas supplies
All Kyiv consumers may see a complete halt of gas supplies over the fact that JSC Kyivgaz has not concluded a transmission agreement with the country's Gas Transmission System Operator.
"For more than two months, Kyivgaz, as a gas distribution network operator in Kyiv, has sabotaged the conclusion of a standard gas transmission contract with the Ukrainian GTS Operator. In accordance with the GTS Code, a GTS Operator must cease gas transmission to Kyivgaz networks, which will lead to a gas supply stop for all consumers in the capital," the press service of the Ukrainian GTS wrote on Facebook.
The GTS said that, in order to prevent "energy collapse" in Kyiv, they asked the national energy regulator to look into Kyivgaz's compliance with the terms of licensing, namely, to verify whether the operator has a valid contract.
"As of today, Kyivgaz remains the last remaining gas operator in Ukraine of 44 operating ones that has not concluded a gas transmission contract with the GTS Operator, as required by law. Back in December 2019, we sent Kyivgaz a draft transportation contract for signing. However, in response, we received an edited version of the agreement along with a protocol of disagreements that radically change the model agreement and thereby create discriminatory conditions for other market participants," the GTS said.