The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the circumstances of the auction of the Ministry of Energy for the sale of liquefied gas in April 2022. Investigators suspect the sale of fuel at a reduced price to firms associated with the Privat group. Which led to Ukrnafta’s loss of profit in the amount of UAH 300 million.
Of these, it is known that on April 27, an additional auction (No. 100D) was held at the Commodity Exchange UTB “Contract House UMVB” for the sale of liquefied gas from Ukrnafta. The May resource with a total volume of 14.1 thousand tons was put up for auction (two bids for 8.1 thousand tons and 6 thousand tons).
According to the results of the auction, two companies became buyers of fuel – OOO TD Karpatineftreyd and OOO Transoilgaz. Two agreements are noted in the court register, which were concluded on the same day, April 27, between Ukrnafta, the stock exchange and firms on the sale of 3,000 tons of liquefied gas each for a total cost of UAH 168.02 million.
Calculations show that the price of a ton of gas according to the results of the auction amounted to UAH 28,004. PJSC “Ukrtatnafta” was indicated as the manufacturer of products for two transactions.
A possible underestimation of the sale price of liquefied gas is being investigated.
It is known from court rulings that after the aforementioned auction No. 100D, the Ministry of Energy informed law enforcement officers that the average starting price of liquefied gas in January-April 2022 at auctions decreased from UAH 27,312 to UAH 19,651 / t. At the same time, the final auction price of liquefied gas in January-April 2022 increased from UAH 28,304/t to UAH 56,713/t.
In addition, the Ukrainian Energy Exchange reported in a letter that on the same day, April 27, Ukrgasdobycha sold liquefied gas at its site at a price of UAH 54,000 to 55,600 thousand. per ton. That is, almost twice as expensive as selling gas at the UMVB.
According to the calculations of the DBR, Ukrnafta lost UAH 300 million due to an underestimation of the sale price. arrived. From this amount, it follows that at auction No. 100D on April 27, the entire declared resource of Ukrnafta was sold in 14 thousand tons.
Also, in the course of the pre-trial investigation, the investigators received information that the auction was held formally in violation of the “Procedure for organizing and holding exchange auctions for the sale of crude oil, gas condensate of own production and liquefied gas”, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated October 16, 2014 No. 570.
According to the SBI, the UMVB did not have the appropriate license at the time of trading:
“Accordingly, the letter of the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market dated 05/24/2022, as of 04/01/2022 and 05/23/2022 UCE “Contract House UMVB” did not receive licenses to carry out professional activities in organized commodity markets, namely, products on commodity markets exchanges; organizing the conclusion of derivative contracts on commodity exchanges”.
Investigators believe that trading houses “Karpatinaftotreyd” and “Transoilgaz” belong to the sphere of influence of the “Privat” group, the most famous beneficiary of which is Igor Kolomoisky. Investigators point out that part of the fuel was then sold through “Privat” gas stations at market prices.
Officially, case no. The rulings state that Ukrnafta officials are suspected. But during the investigation of the State Bureau of Investigation, in agreement with the Office of the Prosecutor General turned to the court with a request to provide access to these officials of the Ministry of Energy, who negotiated, prepared documents, took part in the course of the 1N00D auction and in the conclusion and execution of contracts for the sale of liquefied gas. The court granted this request.
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Edition “Khvylya» published the minutes of the meetings of the auction committee. They indicate that the head of the auction committee was First Deputy Minister of Energy Yury Vlasenko. It is known from the published documents that Deputy Minister of Energy Nikolai Kolesnik spoke as a speaker on the preparation of additional auction No. 100D at the UMVB. The same one that last summer was pushed by the leadership of the Ministry of Energy to the management of LLC GTS Operator of Ukraine.
Kolesnik, according to the published documents, reported on the results of auction No. 100D, which the auction committee approved.
Already on May 26, the court arrested possible evidence in this case, including liquefied gas from Ukrnafta. In August the company tried remove the arrest from your fuel. At that moment, these companies were controlled by the management of Igor Kolomoisky. But on November 7, the state transferred Ukrnafta and Ukrtatnafta to the Ministry of Defense, along with a number of other enterprises. And after that, the Kyiv Court of Appeal refused Ukrnafta to remove the arrest from liquefied fuel.
- OOO Transoilgaz registered in July 2021 in the village of Coast in Transcarpathia. The director and owner is Nazariy Voloshenyuk from Ivano-Frankivsk.
- LLC “TD Karpatyneftreyd” registered in 2015 in Nadvirna, Ivano-Frankivsk region. The owner is Victoria Samarchuk from Luchansk.
Yuri Shkolyarenko, translation Skeleton.Info