YEREVAN, February 19. / ARKA /. The caloric value of Russian natural gas supplied to Armenian households is within the permissible norms, head of an Armenian consumer watchdog, Armen Poghosyan, told a news conference today citing the findings of an examination.
He said after negotiations with the national gas distributing company ArmRosGazprom, owned by Russian Gazprom, the organization took sample of gas at a randomly chosen Yerevan apartment and asked a special mobile laboratory, also owned by ArmRosGazprom, to check its caloric value.
“The results showed that the caloric value of one cubic meter of gas was 8,200 kcal, while the allowable rate is 7900 kcal,” said Poghosyan.
Poghosyan, who is chairman of the Association of Armenian Consumers, said he did not have reasons not to trust the examination’s results. According to him, the cause of many complaints is in all likelihood the poor quality of gas stoves, in particular, their nozzles.
Poghosyan said having in mind that the complaints will not cease, he intends to conduct another examination, possibly abroad which, however, requires a round sum of money which the organization can not afford. He said an independent examination should be financed by the operator itself as an interested party.
In January Armenia’s government approved an agreement to cede its 20 percent stake in ArmRosgasprom – the join Armenian-Russian company that operates Armenia’s gas infrastructure – to Russia’s Gazprom. According to the agreement, Armenia’s ministry of energy handed over its 20 percent of shares to
Gazprom, increasing the Russian state-run company’s share from 80 percent to 100 percent.
Under the new agreement, the Russian gas monopoly will be supplying 2.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Armenia from 2014 to 2018. The price of that gas will be determined by a formula which is used to determine prices for domestic consumers in Russia. -0-