25-06-2012 11:54 Belarus
Belarus set to purchase gas from Russia’s independent suppliers
MINSK, – PRIME-TASS. Belarus plans to purchase gas from Russia’s independent suppliers and get it transported by the Gazprom-controlled pipelines system. Belarus’ First Vice Premier Vladimir Semashko made a statement to this effect on Friday, as he delivered a speech in the lower chamber of Belarus’ parliament.
The opportunity to buy gas from Russia’s independent suppliers arises from the agreements to be implemented within the framework of the Single Economic Space (SES), Semashko said.
“Today we buy the entire volume of gas from Gazprom at $165 ($165.5 per 1,000 cubic metres), which is a good price. Next year the price will be just as good, or maybe even lower. However, there are independent gas corporations in Russia – NOVATEK and ITERA, for instance, which supply gas to Russia’s domestic market at prices, which are even lower than that,” Semashko said.
As a SES member, Belarus will be able to get gas from those producers at lower prices and get it transported via the system, which is controlled by Gazprom, Semashko said.