On 1 October 2015, Ukraine’s new natural gas law entered into force, with the country’s market set to radically change.
Ukraine is important for security of Russian gas supplies to Europe but it also has the potential to become a traded hub.
With the start of the gas winter fullness of Ukraine’s storage sites located on the EU border comes to the fore to secure Ukraine’s own supply and transit of Russian gas to Europe. Ukraine has the option to prepay gas from Russia or import gas from Europe in reverse flow, but it struggles to raise money from international instructions to finance the gas purchases.
Talks with Russia continue regarding future gas supplies to Ukraine, the price of gas and gas transit to Europe.
On 9 April 2015, Ukraine’s parliament approved sweeping reforms to the country’s natural gas market an English version of which can be found here.
ICIS has been proud to provide in-depth coverage of developments in Ukraine in its flagship gas reports – daily ESGM and fortnightly EGM. The ICIS Ukraine coverage helps our readers to understand the complexities of the Russia-Ukraine relations by providing wider context and analysing possible implications for Europe.
Summary of development of the Ukrainian gas sector since the beginning of the latest Russia-Ukraine crisis can be found in this whitepaperFind out more »
Ukraine may face an uphill battle to fill up its winter gas storage facilities by the beginning of October if the country does not continue injections at maximum capacity throughout the rest of August and September, according to ICIS analysis (see ESGM 14 August 2015).
As a result, low storage levels during winter could threaten the integrity of Russian gas transit flows via Ukraine to Europe.
In this ICIS update, Editor Katya Zapletnyuk and reporter Marcello Kolax discuss the situation and the different options Ukraine has to ensure it has sufficient supplies by the start of winter.
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Liquidity growth at the Slovakian virtual natural gas hub has been driven by recent developments in Ukraine. ICIS editors Katya Zapletnyuk and Tom Marzec-Manser discuss the reasons for launch of the ICIS daily Slovak price assessment.
European Spot Gas Markets (ESGM) contains independent price assessments and indices for mature and emerging gas markets, as well as in-depth analysis on price drivers, authoritative commentary on each day’s trading activity and daily news.
Coverage for some markets stretches back as far as 1994 and a comprehensive price history database is available for this report.
The Russian-language version of the ESGM methodology is available here.
This is a curtesy translation. You can find the official English version of the methodology here.