YEREVAN, June 12. /ARKA/. Russian Ambassador to Armenia Sergey Kopyrkin warned today against attempts to speculate on the issue of Russian natural gas price for Armenia.
Speaking at an online news conference, the ambassador said the price of natural gas is the result of agreements that reflect the allied relations between Armenia and Russia, and its revision is a serious issue that requires discussion and expert studies.
“If someone has the impression that Gazprom or Gazprom Armenia are profiting from Armenian gas consumers, they are wrong impressions,” Kopyrkin said.
‘On the contrary, the companies have economic problems, which is why the issue of natural gas price is being discussed in the context of these problems, which also include modernizing the gas transmission system of Armenia,’ he said.
“Some people and forces are trying to politicize this issue and portray it in an anti-Russian context, but this has nothing to do with reality,” the ambassador said.
On June 2 Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) denied a request by the national natural gas distribution company Gazprom Armenia, owned by Russia’s Gazprom, to allow it to raise the price of gas, saying it should keep prices unchanged for households and socially disadvantaged consumers.
Gazprom Armenia formally asked the PSRC on April 1 to allow it to raise the tariffs, saying that the cost of Russian gas supplied to Armenian consumers has remained unchanged since Gazprom raised its wholesale price for Armenia from $150 to $165 per thousand cubic meters in January 2019. It argued that as a result it has incurred major losses.
Liana Azizyan, spokeswoman for PSRC, told ARKA news agency that the regulator had considered the company’s request , conducted its own research and suggested that the network maintain the current tariff, but with reservations.
“We propose that price of gas for the households remain at 139 thousand drams per one thousand cubic meters (for consumers who use up to 10 thousand cubic meters of gas per year) and 100,000 drams for socially disadvantaged groups,’ she said.
According to the spokesperson, the PSRC allowed Gazprom Armenia to raise gas prices for agricultural firms and large consumers that use more than 10 thousand cubic meters of gas per month.
In particular, the price of gas for agricultural companies will increase from the current $212 per one thousand cubic meters to $224, down from $283.14 sought by Gazprom Armenia. At the same time, for consumers who use more than 10 thousand cubic meters of gas per month, the tariff will increase to $255.92 per from the current $242.1, down from $283.14 per one thousand sought by Gazprom Armenia. ($1 – 483.02 drams).