Rus News Journal

MERT advises energetikam to wait with reform

Yesterday, acting at meeting of Federal Agency on tariffs (FST) following the results of 2004 and to plans for 2005, the deputy chief of department of economic examination and Open Society pricing Gazprom Vitaly Hatkov has formulated company offers on growth of wholesale prices for gas: in 2006 they should grow on 21 - 22 %. The Same rise in prices should be and in 2007, and here since 2008 of the price can grow according to a rate of inflation. However hardly the government will agree with the offer Gazprom : in the program socially - economic development of Russia the rise in prices for gas in 2006 is provided at level of 11 %, in 2007 - 8 %.
it is interesting that other natural monopoly, the Russian Open Society UES of Russia Expects in 2007 - 2008 growth of tariffs for the electric power of all on 5,5 and 5 % accordingly (the marginal level of growth of power tariffs for 2006 is planned by the government at level of 7,5 %). the Average tariff in regions in 2006 will be indexed together with inflation, and in 2007 - 2008 - hardly below inflation - the chief of department of economic policy of the corporate centre of the Russian Open Society " has declared yesterday at meeting; UES of Russia Igor Kozhuhovsky.

Yesterday natural monopolies should present in FST the offers on change of tariffs for 2006. However, according to head FST Sergey Novikova while official proposals has not arrived. It is expected that the question on the prices for production of natural monopolies will be considered at government session on March, 24th.