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Naftogaz head skeptical about signing long-term contracts to import LNG

Christian Fernsby |
Naftogaz Ukrainy Executive Board Chairman Andriy Kobolev is cautious about an idea of signing long-term contracts to supply liquefied natural gas to Ukraine by Louisiana Natural Gas Exports.

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In his opinion, in particular, the potential import of LNG in previously announced volumes of 5.5 billion cubic meters by the U.S. company is possible only in case of further re-export of LNG to European countries.

"I have a certain skepticism regarding the viability of this business model and its feasibility. The import of such volumes of gas can be viable only if there is subsequent re-export to the countries of the European Union, since I think that we won't see such a volume of consumption of imported gas [domestically] any time soon. There are many other questions there," he said during a hard talk titled "Naftogaz. What's Next?" broadcasted on YouTube on Thursday.

"I do not understand this model yet, but I am careful about it, because not everything that I do not understand has no right to go live," he added.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at the end of May 2020 approved a memorandum with Louisiana Natural Gas Exports on possible LNG supplies from the United States to Ukraine and the development of gas infrastructure with Poland.

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