The government newspaper “governmental courier” (in No. 202 of 23 October) published a new National Commission carrying out regulation in the energy and utilities (NKREKU), a method for determining and calculating tariffs for transporting natural gas to points of entry/exit.

As reported in comments to the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” the head of the company “Operator of the gas transportation system of Ukraine” (OHTSU) Sergey Makogon, changing methods connected with assumed by Ukraine’s obligations to implementation of the provisions of the Regulations of the European Commission establishing a network code harmonised tariff structures for gas transportation (No. 2017/460 from 16 March 2017), as well as the need for determining the order of setting tariffs for services of natural gas transportation upon change of licensee.

“The changes approved methodologies to calculate and set rates for the future certified operator GTS. At the last tripartite negotiations at a high level, “Gazprom” has declared readiness to sign a transit contract under the European rules if they are implemented in Ukraine. In this regard, approved changes play an important role in the preparations for the signing of the transit contract, bring the Ukrainian legislation to European standards and in a timely manner certify the independent operator GTS”, – said the head OHTSU.

The approved changes also improved and brought in line with the regulation approach on the distribution of income between required points of entry/exit, and introduced such important categories of regulation, as regulatory expense, homogeneous groups of points, clusters of points, said Makogon.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 18 September 2019 updated plan unbundling “Naftogaz”. A new operator is OOO “Operator of the gas transportation system of Ukraine” (OHTSU, 100% “daughter” of JSC “Ukrtransgaz”), which from 1 July 2019 responsible for the technical operation of hydraulic structures and of the appropriate staff.

OHTSU will be transferred to the ownership of JSC “Main pipelines of Ukraine” (“MSU”), 100% shares of which the Cabinet decided to transfer the management of the Ministry of Finance. Simultaneously, the state will transfer to the new operator in the management of the transportation system for a period of 15 years.

In early October OHTSU announced that it has filed NKREKU application for certification as the new independent transmission system operator.

Ukraine’s GTS has the total length of pipelines about 38 thousand km, it includes 73 compressor stations and more than 1.4 thousand gas distribution stations.