Potrivit unor declaraţii ale oficialilor polonezi, făcute înainte de semnarea acestui acord, Polonia urmărea o scădere cu circa 20% a preţului la care cumpără gaze din Rusia. Ministrul polonez al Economiei spunea că Polonia ar trebui să primească acelaşi preţ pe care îl plătesc în prezent cumpărătorii germani.
Tariful la care Germania cumpără gaze din Rusia este de circa 450 de dolari pe 1000 de metri cubi. Polonia plătea un preţ de 550 de dolari pe 1000 de metri cubi.
Russian gas giant Gazprom and the Polish state-controlled gas company PGNiG, have come to an agreement on a long simmering dispute on the price of natural gas by agreeing to introduce a special annex to the Yamal Contract.
An agreement revising the terms of natural gas deliveries to Poland was signed in Warsaw between Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev and the head of Poland’s PGNiG, Grazyna Piotrowska-Oliwa. The pricing negotiations have been under way since April 2011.
The change is of a vital importance for the PGNiG, especially in the wake of expected gradual gas market liberalization in Poland and because of ambitious shale gas exploration plans.
“The strategic state company, owing to billions of zlotys savings, will regain profitability and will be able to increase investments in gas exploring and producing,” Polish Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski wrote in the special press release quoted by the Polish media.
Poland was reported to be seeking a 20 percent discount from Gazprom. PGNiG, the state-controlled monopoly currently buys approximately two third’s of the nation’s gas requirements from Gazprom, paying around $550 USD per 1,000 cu m.
Last June, Polish Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak said that Poland should receive the same pricing as Gazprom’s German customers, which was about $450 per 1,000 cu m.
PGNiG, which presently sells Russian gas at a loss in the regulated domestic market, said the change to the pricing formula would add from 2.5 bln to 3 bln PLN (780 – 935 mln USD) to its 2012 gross EBITDA, when applied retroactively to the 2011-2012 trading period.
“We’re looking forward to the perspective of market opening and incoming competition with much more calm,” PGNiG CEO Grazyna Piotrowska – Oliwa declared.