Kiev, 21 March - Neftegaz.RU. 2 years from now, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom will remain partially dependent on Ukraine's gas transmission system to supply gas to the European Union, Ukrainian UNIAN reported on 20 March, 2018.
«By this time, the ground infrastructure in the EU will not be ready to receive gas from Nord Stream-2 since not all local pipelines will have been laid,.» Kommersant reported. In particular, it concerns the Eugal gas pipeline in Germany, which is to be completed by the end of 2020.
Without it, Gazprom will be only able to supply 34 billion cubic meters of gas per year through Nord Stream-2 with a projected capacity of as much as 55 bcm. If both lines of the Turkish Stream are completed (nearly 31 bcm), then gas exports from Russia could grow 65 bcm compared with the current volumes.
In 2017, Gazprom transmitted 93 bcm of gas through the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS). Thus, Russia will remain dependent on the Ukrainian GTS even if all pipeline projects bypassing Ukraine have been successfully completed.
According to Ukrainian President Poroshenko, thanks to the efforts by Naftogaz and the Cabinet of Ministers, the country will complete the heating period without any emergencies. He also stressed that Gazprom would pay «every single penny» under the Stockholm Arbitration's award.