Ukraine: Wealden council plans to cancel contract with Russian energy company

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Amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Wealden District Council (WDC) said it hoped to cancel its contract with a Russian energy company – which currently serves sheltered homes.

The council said it was one of several local authorities to receive services under contracts with Gazprom.

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WDC Managing Director Trevor Scott said, “WDC’s legal and procurement teams are currently investigating the matter and we are seeking advice and support from the Local Government Association.

“It is common knowledge that WDC has three contracts with Gazprom until 2024 concerning retirement residence complexes in the Wealden district.

“At the time of the procurement, Gazprom presented the best case for providing services in accordance with the local authorities’ legal obligation to obtain the best value for money.”

Council leader Bob Standley added: “The council totally condemns the Russian invasion of the independent sovereign country of Ukraine and stands in support of the citizens of Ukraine.

“We are seeking advice from the Association of Local Governments and the government on how we can cancel the contract with Gazprom and seek alternative sources of gas supply for our sheltered houses.

“We are also examining whether other contracts are concluded with Russian-controlled companies and will take similar steps to terminate these agreements.”

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