Rivne region, May 29 (Interfax) – Ukraine’s national oil and gas stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy’s plans are to import 1.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian natural gas this month, head of the state holding Yevhen Bakulin told reporters in Rivne Region on Tuesday.
The company plans to import roughly the same amount in June, Bakulin said.
“By the end of May we’ll have imported 1.5 billion [cubic meters], and by the end of June, possibly, that amount will be increased,” he said.
Naftogaz Ukrainy plans to procure enough gas to get the country through the 2012-2013 heating season, Bakulin said. “We’ll get as much gas as is necessary for getting through the heating season in normal fashion. Ukrainians can be confident in this,” he said.
As reported with reference to Naftogaz Ukrainy, Ukraine will pay around $425 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas in the second quarter, compared to $416 in the first.
The price for Russian natural gas imported by Naftogaz Ukrainy came to $264 per 1,000 cubic meters in the first quarter of 2011, second quarter – around $297, third quarter – around $355, and fourth quarter – around $400.
According to the Ukrainian State Statistics Service, imports of Russian gas in 2011 came to 40.0017 bcm at a value of $12.361 billion.
This year, Ukraine plans to reduce procurements of natural gas from Gazprom to 27 bcm due to its high price.
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