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By Annie Cook

Kiev is negotiating the supply of liquefied natural gas from Qatar through Polish terminals. It also wants to buy gas in the EU, to be delivered through Slovakia.

This was reported by Deputy Energy Minister Maxim Nemchinov on Channel 1+1. “Ukraine is interested in LNG supplies through two Polish terminals in Gdańsk and Świnoujście. The throughput between Ukraine and Poland is not that big, but we are currently working to increase it so we can receive LNG from these two sites under a direct contract with Qatar,” the Ukrainian deputy minister explained.

“The second direction of gas purchases is the European Union. Kiev counts on being able to increase imports through Slovakia if necessary. This was said on Friday by Prime Minister Denis Shmygal in a briefing after a meeting with Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Eduard Heger in Transcarpathia,” Unian agency said.

“Slovakia is one of Ukraine’s key partners in the energy sector. Today we discussed the possibility of increasing natural gas supplies to Ukraine through the territory of the Slovak Republic. This can be done under contract with the gas transport system operators in our countries,” he said. Shmygal also counts on the help of the Slovaks to synchronise Ukraine’s electricity system with that of the ENTSO-E Union. “The unification of our markets will significantly raise the level of energy security throughout Central and Eastern Europe,” Ukrainian prime minister said.

Ukraine consumes about 30 billion cubic metres of gas annually, of which 14 billion cubic metres are supplied by the state-owned company Ukrgasvyobuvannya (owned by Naftogaz), 6 billion cubic metres are provided by private companies, and another 10 billion cubic metres are imported. Naftogaz has set itself the ambitious task of increasing domestic natural gas production by 1.8 times over the next ten years, to 24 billion cubic metres