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Energy ministry’s gas plan: generating companies to move to oil, schools to be suspended

Energy ministry’s gas plan: generating companies to move to oil, schools to be suspended

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has shifted generating companies from gas to fuel oil, suspended kindergartens, schools and universities, suggested the enterprises’ roadmap on saving gas resources to be revised. This assumes a countrywide action plan, the energy minister Ihor Nasalyk said during an hour of questions for the government in the parliament, broadcast live by Rada TV channel, 112.ua reports.

“According to the information published by the CEO of NAK Naftogaz yesterday, due to Gazprom’s non-fulfillment of its contract obligations as defined by the Stockholm Court of Arbitration, NAK Naftogaz has faced an imbalance of around 15-20 million cubic meters of gas in the total balance of the country”,- Nasalyk said.

According to the minister, the issue was discussed both at the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council and of the Crisis center. As the result, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry introduced the National action plan via an official instruction of the crisis committee.
Ihor Nasalyk presented a 5-day action plan that provides for:
A shift for generating companies from gas to fuel oil. This is expected to save about 15-20 million cubic meters of gas per day.
Suspension of service of elementary educational establishments, schools and universities until 7 March. At the same time, the temperature in such institutions is supposed to be within the minimal accepted standards.
Enterprises are advised to revise their business plans so that to achieve greater gas saving.
“According to the balance, the problems may persist till 5-6 March. We are going to resume operation in accordance with the balance after that”, - the minister said. He added that his morning he held a conference call with all of the regional state administrations: “I would like to say that all of us are working as normal”.
Today, the public joint-stock company Naftogaz-Ukraine called on Ukrainians to lower the temperature in offices and households by 1-2 degrees in order to reduce the overall gas consumption.

On 28 February, the Stockholm Court of Arbitration satisfied Naftogaz’s claims against Russia’s Gazprom. The court ruled that Gazprom owes $4.63 billion to Naftogaz for the previous periods. Since the court previously ordered Naftogaz to pay Gazprom for gas supply arrears, the net amount currently stands at $2.56 billion.
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