Taps back on but Poland still faces gas shortage

Poland says it is receiving only three quarters of the amount of gas it should get under the terms of a deal struck with Russia.

Polish gas operator PGNiG says Russia's Gazprom is sticking to its obligations but the contract with the intermediary company RosUkrEnergo is not being fulfilled.

Christopher Parkola, PGNiG (Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo) financial analyst, said Poland is receiving 7 million cubic metres of Russian gas via a gas distribution point on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

According to the supply agreement with RosUkrEnergo, the intermediary should be pumping 14 billion cubic metres of gas per day, “which means the contractual obligations of RosUkrEnergo are not being fulfilled,” Parkola said.

The contract is valid until January 2010, he added.

The Polish side says Gazprom is pumping 7 million cubic meters of gas into Polish pipelines a day via a gas distribution plant in Belarus.

“We are still in talks with our Ukrainian and Russian partners about the deliveries from RosUkrEnergo,” Parkola.

Poland suffered a drop in supplies after Russia turned off the taps at the beginning of January, following a dispute between Moscow and transit country Ukraine over unpaid debts and allegations of siphoning off the fuel.