Natural Gas: Ukraine

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the United Kingdom's gas supply comes through Ukraine; and whether they are satisfied about the security of this supply.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Due to the interconnected nature of the European gas system, it is possible that some gas feeds through to the UK via Ukraine. Nevertheless, we estimate that these are small volumes, likely less than 1 per cent of total imports.

Since the gas agreement between Russia and Ukraine signed on the 31 October we assess the risk to the UK and Europe’s energy supply is low and we have no grounds at present to expect a disruption to gas transiting the Ukraine. Ukraine has proved through the gas dispute to date to be a reliable transit state. The UK and other EU Member states have reiterated that existing contracts for gas supply from Russia to the European Union need to be respected.

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