Operator of Ukraine’s Gas Transportation System and Romanian Transgaz signed an inter-operator agreement and unlocked the Trans-Balkan gas corridor. This means that Ukraine has opened an additional route for gas imports through Romania, according to the operator’s Facebook page.
It is stated that this will open the route, which was blocked by a previous contract between Naftogaz and Gazprom.
"This decision is historic, because it allows creating an additional route for gas imports to Ukraine, first of all, to provide gas to Moldova’s consumers and border consumers of Ukraine in Odesa region. This will allow going through winter without any interruptions, even if gas transit from Russia is stopped," General Director of Operator of Ukraine’s Gas Transportation System Sergiy Makogon stated.
Negotiations, brokered by EU, have been held for more than three years, operators from Bulgaria, Greece and Moldova have also been involved. As a result, the LLC Operator of Ukraine’s Gas Transportation System and Transgaz, Romania, have signed an inter-operator technical agreement on interaction in accordance with European rules from January 1, 2020.
“By an Opinion adopted today under the Third Energy Package, the Secretariat confirmed that the newly established gas transmission system operator of Ukraine, GTSO, is unbundled in line with the requirements from European law,” the message said.