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Ukraine ready for heating season by 99%, - PM

Source : 112 Ukraine

It concerns the repair of heating networks and heating plants, as well as preparation of schools, hospitals, kindergartens, and houses
15:52, 6 October 2021

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The readiness of the whole infrastructure for the heating season makes 99% as Prime Minister Denys Shmygal reported.

According to the PM, a large-scale energy crisis takes place in the world these days. The price for gas at the European exchange houses exceeds the prices of the last year almost 10 times; it is the historical maximum.  The prices for oil and coal also grow; it leads to the stop of some enterprises and industrial spheres in China and other countries.

“Considering the situation in Ukraine, the readiness for heating season of the whole infrastructure is 99%. It concerns the repair of heating networks and heating plants, as well as preparation of schools, hospitals, kindergartens, and houses,” Shymgal said.

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He noted that the government signed the memorandum with local authorities last week. According to it, the local leaders took the commitment not to increase the tariffs for heat and hot water for people. Naftogaz, from its turn, will supply the gas to local district heating companies four times cheaper than at the European market.

“The government will reschedule the debts and compensate before the local authorities the difference in tariffs. The whole country will be heated. I would like to warn the separate gas supplying companies: any attempts to shut off the social infrastructure from gas or earn at the situation will be toughly eliminated,” Shmygal reported.

The PM also noted that during the previous meeting of the government, he ordered the Energy Minister to report on the state of the preparation of events on fuel and energy complex for autumn and winter.

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As we reported, the price for gas at the futures market in Europe has beaten another record. For the first time ever, it has reached $1,600 per 1,000 cubic meters for the first time ever.

 Earlier, it was stated that at this moment, Ukraine does not plan the direct negotiations with Russia on supplying the gas.

 

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