“On April 9, 2019 Naftogaz-Ukraine appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine asking to cancel the order on the imposition of special duties which requires gas prices increase for the population since May 1, 2019 or amend it,” the message reads.
The company’s representatives stated that now Naftogaz has to observe these special duties according to which since May, 1 gas prices will increase by 15% to the level of $276 per one cubic meter (without VAT and expenses for transportation and distribution).
It was emphasized that the market gas price for May published as of April 16 by the Ukrainian power exchange, makes $261 per one thousand cubic meter with VAT, which is by 27% lower than the price calculated by Ukraine’s Government.
“The order No. 293 which the Government adopted on April 3, 2019 does not remove Naftogaz’s obligation to perform the current order No.867 despite the directly applicable norms of the articles No. 9 and 18 of the Constitution of Ukraine. It also does not impose new special duties on Naftogaz and does not cancel the current order on the special duties,” Naftogaz reported.
It was informed that if the orders No. 967 are violated, the company and its officials will be punished for the violation of the gas supply and for crimes.