13:42 Aug. 4, 2016
Ukraine strives to break off its dependency on Russian energy supplies
Poland's state-run gas firm PGNiG said on Thursday it had started gas supplies to industrial consumers in Ukraine as part of an agreement with Ukrainian private gas trader Eru Trading, Reuters reports.
PGNiG has not provided details regarding the volumes and terms of the deal.
Poland and Ukraine, which both rely on gas supplies from Russia, are aiming to expand the connection linking their gas systems to 5-8 billion cubic metres (bcm) in a few years from 1.5 bcm now.
Linking the gas grids is a part of a wider project designed to connect Poland's Baltic Sea liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal with central and eastern European countries, known as the North-South Gas Corridor.
Polish officials said earlier this year Poland would like to send gas to Ukraine, after launching its first LNG terminal at the Baltic Sea.
Ukrainian industry consumes around 11 bcm of gas annually.