Ukraine imports almost 13 bcm of gas this year

Ukraine imports almost 13 bcm of gas this year

Gas Transmission System Operator (TSO) of Ukraine LLC transported 12.5 billion cubic meters of gas from Europe to Ukraine at the request of its customers between January-August 2020, which is 30% (2.9 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period last year and 63% higher than the average volume in 2016-2019, the company’s press service reports.

In particular, imports from Slovakia amounted to 8.0 billion cubic meters (+35% compared to the same period last year), from Hungary - 3.2 billion cubic meters (+20%), from Poland – 1.3 billion cubic meters (+34%).

Ukraine’s imports over the reporting period included also the virtual reverse flow (backhaul) operations, which were launched at the beginning of 2020, and totalled 38%, or 4.7 billion cubic meters: from Slovakia - 1.6 billion cubic meters, from Hungary - 2.3 billion cubic meters, from Poland - 0.8 billion cubic meters.

In August 2020, Ukraine imported 3.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas, which is 58% (or 1.2 billion cubic meters) more than in July and 67% (or 1.4 billion cubic meters) more than in August 2019.

In August, the daily volumes of gas transportation from European countries to Ukraine totaled 109 million cubic meters, which is seven time less than in January 2020 - 15 million cubic meters.

Since the start of 2020, 8.2 billion cubic meters of the imported gas volumes were transferred into underground gas storage facilities to be kept in the ‘customs warehouse’ mode. 60% (4.9 billion cubic meters of them came as short-haul deliveries.

A reminder that Ukraine imports natural gas only from the European Union. Ukraine has not imported gas from the Russian Federation since November 2015.


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