Gazprom to increase gas transit through Belarus
Russian gas monopoly Gazprom Chairman Alexei Miller said that the company would increase the gas volumes to the EU via Belarus to 4bn cubic metres in 2012.
"In 2012 Gazprom will raise by 4 billion cubic metres the amount of Russian gas transmission via Belarus to the EU countries," Miller said during a phone conversation with Belarusian Minister of Energy Alexander Ozerets. Miller and Ozerets discussed the issue of increasing volumes of Russian gas through Belarus to Europe both in 2012 and the medium term, the Gazprom press service said.
Gazprom last year bought the 50% of Belarus’s gas pipeline system it didn’t already own. Ukraine, which transports about 80 % of Europe-bound supplies of Russian gas, is threatening to cut its own purchases while seeking lower prices.
Under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement on the purchase of Beltransgaz, leadership of Gazprom promises to "strive for the maximum possible load of gas pipelines" on the territory of Belarus.
According to provisional data, 31.3bn cubic meters of Russian gas was conveyed via Belarus to Western Europe in 2011.