“We are accused of supplying additional volumes of gas to Europe. Enter into long-term contracts. This offer always works, ”Novak said.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that deliveries are not a quick process; large investments are needed, which will pay off in a long period. Novak points out that any investment project from scratch – from the start of field development to the start of delivery – takes several years. According to him, Gazprom, of course, has reserves, but now the company is focused on the domestic market, as consumption is growing very noticeably, including within the framework of gasification.
“For Gazprom, the most important thing is the reliable passage of the autumn-winter heating season,” he said.
According to Novak, the situation on the European Union (EU) gas market will become stable when European countries have a projected fuel and energy balance and plan their consumption in the medium and long term according to it, and not rely on gas supplies on the spot, which are available today. , but tomorrow – no.
“If most of the consumption in Europe is provided by long-term supplies from Russia, Algeria and Norway, then the situation with prices is more stable,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Earlier it became known that the EU is preparing a project to abandon long-term contracts for gas imports, including from Russia. All due to the revision of energy policy and the transition to more environmentally friendly fuels by 2049. This plan runs counter to the interests of Russia, which insists on a transition to long-term contracts for gas supplies to Europe.
According to the European Commission (EC), the universal problems of dependence on gas imports are the abandonment of fossil fuels and the transition to renewable energy sources, rather than planning long-term contracts, as Novak thinks. Moreover, the EC’s aspirations are reaching the EU’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.