Naftogaz files a complaint against Gazprom
Ukrainian Naftogaz has filed a complaint against Russian Gazprom with the European Commission, accusing the public gas supplier of anti-competitive behavior in the European gas market.
“Gazprom strongly reduced his delivery of natural gas to European place Marlet, despite growing market demand, and prevents other companies from to supplying additional gas to Europe and competitioning with Gazprom. It is one of the main causes of the crisis contribute to record gas price in Europe, “Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko said in a statement.
The Russian company’s actions are anti-competitive and have “significant negative consequences for all European consumers,” said Vitrenko.
“Naftogaz, as a major purchaser of gas on the European gas market, has suffered losses due to these abuses. Naftogaz, so, calls on the European Commission to respond appropriately to these violations, “he said.
The Ukrainian company called on the commission to take “immediate steps to normalize the situation”. He accused Gazprom of deliberately refusing to properly fill gas storage facilities and its decision to stop cash sales on its electronic sales platform. Gazprom is not sending enough gas to Europe when it has enough supplies, Naftogaz said. It also failed to add a gas transport point on its electronic platform to receive gas at the Ukraine-Russia border and blocked the export of gas to Europe by other producers. independent Russian and Central Asian producers.
Gazprom has taken these steps to create an artificial gas deficit in Europe, Naftogaz said, in order to pressure the EU to commission the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline before its operator is certified. Nord Stream 2 is complete, but German regulators have ruled out its commercial launch until the gas pipeline company owned by Gazprom is certified as an independent transmission system operator. Certification is not expected to be completed until at least July.
Naftogaz asked the commission to order Gazprom to release more gas on the electronic sales platform at the Ukrainian-Russian border, or at least at the border between Ukraine and the EU. The Russian company should also allow the export of gas by Russian private producers and allow the transit of gas from Central Asia via Russia to Europe.
Gazprom’s domestic rival Rosneft said he hoped to secure the right to export gas to Europe via Gazprom’s pipelines after years of lobbying efforts. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government and the two companies to submit proposals by March next year for the annual supply of 10 billion m3/ year by Rosneft on the European market.
Gazprom does not allow large gas producers in Central Asia and the South Caucasus like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to use its pipeline networks to send gas to Europe. Instead, these producers must sell their gas at a relatively low price to Gazprom, who then mark up the price when it delivers gas to Europe.
“Naftogaz’s proposals aimed at resolving the energy crisis in Europe, as soon as possible, are fair and balanced,” said the Ukrainian firm. “Naftogaz’s appeal to the European Commission contains a brief description of the abuses and anti-competitive actions taken by Gazprom, as well as priority proposals to normalize the situation. The company also intends to provide the European Commission with substantiated documents. and completed later. Date. “
A group of 40 EU lawmakers mostly from Poland and the Baltic states have also called on the European Commission to investigate Gazprom for alleged manipulation of gas prices.