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KIEV, August 31 (Itar-Tass) - Prices of gas imported by Ukraine from Europe in June amounted to 397.7 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres, while from Russia - 421.7 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres, Ukraine’s State Statistics Service says.
According to statistics, Ukraine imported from Russia 653.74 million cubic metres of gas total worth of 275.68 million U.S. dollars in June 2013. In January-June, Ukraine’s gas import from Russia reached 9.668 billion cubic metres total worth 4.074 billion U.S. dollars, while an average price of Russia’s gas amounted to 421 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres in the first half of the year.
Proceeding from the report, Ukraine imported from Europe in the reverse mode 660.65 million cubic metres of gas total worth of 259.46 million U.S. dollars in January-June 2013, while an average price amounted to 392.74 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres. In June, Ukraine imported 271.89 million cubic metres of gas worth 108.12 million U.S. dollars. In particular, the republic imported from Germany via Poland 134.06 million cubic metres of gas worth 52.09 million U.S. dollars. In June, Germany’s gas price for Ukraine was estimated at 388.6 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres. In the first half of the year, Ukraine imported from Germany 504.78 million cubic metres of gas total worth 196.34 million U.S. dollars, while an average price was at 388.95 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres.
In addition, in June Ukraine imported via Hungary 137.83 million cubic metres of gas total worth 56 million U.S. dollars, while an average price reached 406.46 U.S. dollars per 1,000 cubic metres. In January-June 2013, Ukraine’s gas import via Hungary was at 155.86 million cubic metres total worth 63.1 million U.S. dollars.
According to the national Statistics Service, Ukraine’s overall gas import over the six months reached 10.33 billion cubic metres worth 4.33 billion U.S. dollars, which was 35.6 percent smaller than on the same period of 2012.
Shortly ago, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavitsky noted that the Naftogaz Ukrainy national company, which cut gas import from Russia by 30 percent this year, plans to stop purchasing gas in Russia in the near future, while doubling them from European countries in 2014. “I think that the import from Europe may reach 2.0-2.5 billion cubic metres by January 1, 2014. And it is rather realistic to reach at least five billion cubic metres in 2014, in compliance with those plans and bids, which I have already seen,” the minister said.