NEW GAS PRICES FOR PUBLIC SUPPLIERS – HIGHER PRICES FOR FINAL CUSTOMERS AS WELL
Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
PE Srbijagas informed the Energy Agency that, in line with the Energy Law, within the public tender procedure, the Government of the Republic of Serbia selected this enterprise as the public suppliers’ supplier and that, in line with the tender conditions, natural gas price established for public suppliers’ supply was adopted by the Government. Tender conditions set the methodology for the establishment of this price. Within this tender procedure, the price for the third quarter of 2013 was set at the level of 453.35 USD/1,000m3, while PE Srbijagas calculated the price of public suppliers’ supply for the period as of September 1, 2013 of 39.12 RSD/m3, which amounts to 6.4% more than the former price.
On the basis of the given wholesale price, PE Srbijagas also calculated the prices of public supply of gas customers connected to the network of this company and submitted them to the Agency for approval.
In addition, PE Srbijagas submitted an offer and draft Contract to other public suppliers which operate within 32 natural gas distribution companies and these suppliers started submitting the draft decisions on new public supply prices for their final customers to the Agency. Public suppliers may accept the offer of PE Srbijagas or procure gas from other suppliers as well, if they find it cheaper.
According to the preliminary calculation, average household gas price in Serbia is expected to increase by 4.4%, while the average increase for all customers will amount to 5.7%.
This price change will not be followed by the changes in the transmission and distribution use-of-system charges (network charges) which were set in 2011. Since network charges are not changed, this being the most time-consuming activity for the Agency in terms of price regulation, the Agency will complete the analysis of the submitted decisions on prices by mid-August.
The customers connected to the transmission system are not entitled to public supply as of January 2013, while, as of January 2015, neither will be the customers connected to the distribution systems, except small customers and households.