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Gazprom Overdue Debt of Russian Consumers for Gas Supplies Reduced

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 25 Feb 2020

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The Gazprom Management Committee reviewed the information on improving the payment discipline with regard to domestic gas supplies, as well as on the measures being taken to settle the outstanding consumer debt for the gas supplied, including the interaction with government authorities to perfect the current legislation that regulates the procedure of paying for gas. It was noted that the Company is making systematic efforts to improve the payment discipline among domestic consumers. Work to that end is coordinated by a special-purpose Commission at the Board of Directors. These measures have yielded significant results: for the first time in many years, the overdue consumer debt for gas supplies has been reduced. As of January 1, 2020, the debt amounted to RUB 174.9 billion, down by 2.9 per cent, or RUB 5.3 billion, from the year before (RUB 180.2 billion). The number of Russian regions with reductions in overdue consumer debt went up from 30 to 34 in 2019. These constituent entities include first and foremost the Krasnodar Territory and the Kemerovo, Kurgan, Moscow and Novgorod Regions. In addition, improvements in the consumer payment discipline were observed in North Caucasus republics, namely Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.

The level of gas payments across all consumer groups in Russia rose by 0.2 per cent in 2019, reaching 98 per cent. The biggest reduction in terms of debt among consumer groups was demonstrated by heat suppliers. In 35 regions, the debt of heat suppliers dropped by RUB 7.3 billion in total. Six constituent entities, the Moscow, Yaroslavl, Novgorod and Kemerovo Regions, as well as the Krasnodar and Khabarovsk Territories, accounted for a half of that amount.

The outstanding debt of private consumers went down by more than RUB 2 billion to RUB 75 billion in 2019, with the level of payments by the population standing at 90.5 per cent. It should be noted that North Caucasus regions account for over 88 per cent of the debt owed by private consumers. Gazprom enhanced its systematic efforts across North Caucasus in order to take stock of and update its subscriber bases: in 2019, the Company checked 1.5 million subscriber accounts and identified 4 million square meters of unaccounted-for heated areas along with 38,000 units of gas equipment and 84,000 consumers. As a result, bills were drawn up for 167 million cubic meters of gas, an increase of 70 per cent against 2018.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 25 Feb 2020
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