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Russia's Gazprom concludes new five-year natural gas supply deal with Slovenia


Deal for 0.6 Bcm/year to Slovenia's Geoplin

Previous contract expired at end-2017

Sign of increased Gazprom contract flexibility

Gazprom has signed a new five-year gas supply contract with Slovenia's Geoplin for 0.6 Bcm/year to run to January 2023, a sign of the Russian company's increased flexibility in new contract terms with traditional European gas buyers.

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Geoplin's previous long-term contract with Gazprom expired at the end of 2017, with Russian supplies to Slovenia running since 1992.

The latest five-year deal comes against the background of a trend away from previous long-term contracts in Europe between Gazprom and its customers that saw supply deals last for decades.

"The new contract for gas supplies will reinforce the relations between our companies," Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said in a statement late Friday.

The contract is valid from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023.

In September, Gazprom agreed to resume long-term gas supplies to Croatia under a new 10-year contract valid until the end of 2027.

The contract is for 1 Bcm/year and tops up Croatia's own domestic gas production.

--Stuart Elliott,
--Edited by Alisdair Bowles,