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Ukraine Hopes to Get Gas from Uzbekistan

Ukraine's state oil and gas firm Naftogaz is likely to negotiate with Uzbekistan's national holding company Uzbekneftegaz

Ukraine's state oil and gas firm Naftogaz is likely to negotiate with Uzbekistan's national holding company Uzbekneftegaz on boosting Uzbek gas supplies to
Ukraine.

Ukrainian First Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Vadym Chuprun said that the deputy chairmen of the Naftogaz Ukrainy and Uzbekneftegaz held a meeting during a recent visit to Kyiv by Uzbek Premier Shavkat Mirziyayev, and the Uzbek party said that up to 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas might be supplied to Ukraine every year if free transit capacities are available.

Following the meeting, Ukrainian Premier Viktor Yanukovych said
that Ukraine intends to reach an agreement with Uzbekistan to increase
imports of Uzbek gas, which currently amount to about 2 bcm.

Uzbek natural gas is supplied to Ukraine by RosUkrEnergo, which
buys it from Gazprom Export.