“Gazprom approached us over the summer time asking us for extra capability, to be booked,” on Ukraine’s fuel transport system, Andriy Kobolyev, Naftogaz’s chief govt, advised Reuters whereas on a go to to Washington.
Gazprom had already booked 65 billion cubic meters of capability in 2020, Kobolyev didn’t say how far more it wished.
Gazprom is hoping to complete the $11 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline undertaking that might bypass Ukraine, which expenses Gazprom transit charges. The pipeline was halted late final yr by U.S. sanctions.
“If Nord Stream 2 just isn’t launched then they may possible should guide further capability for subsequent yr,” Kobolyev stated.
Gazprom didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. A Russian pipe-laying vessel, which Gazprom hopes will full a remaining phase, was headed this week towards a German hub which shops pipes for the undertaking.
The Trump administration, just like the Obama administration, has opposed the undertaking, arguing it will enhance Russia’s affect in Europe. However Germany and different international locations say it’s a industrial undertaking.
U.S. lawmakers are engaged on new U.S. sanctions on the pipeline. Kobolyev met with U.S. officers pushing for these. “Our purpose is to ensure that there is no possibility for this undertaking to be completed,” he stated.
The sanctions are more likely to be included within the annual U.S. protection coverage invoice, although some Democratic lawmakers, together with Consultant Eliot Engel, the chief of Home International Affairs, are pushing again.
Engel is towards Nord Stream 2, however stated in July the sanctions might depart Russia “off the hook” whereas hitting Western corporations financing the undertaking and gas-consuming allies. Tim Mulvey, an Engel spokesman, stated sanctions negotiations are ongoing.