That’s according to Chief Engineer at the Gas TSO of Ukraine, Yuriy Ziabchenko, who spoke at the VII Ukrainian Gas Forum, Ukrinform was told in the company's press service.
"Considering the existing two entry points alone – Sudzha and Sokhranivka – designated under the current contract, the Ukrainian GTS is capable of and ready to ship 69.3 billion cubic meters of gas per year, " said Ziabchenko.
The existing contract provides for the daily shipment of 109 million cubic meters (40 bcm per year), while the actual shipment volumes as of today stand at up to 90 mcm.
Gas TSO of Ukraine has recalled that the company is constantly working on upgrading infrastructure, implementing a major modernization program. Work is underway on the design and construction of 10 compressor stations.
The chief engineer added that, in order to minimize the risk of emergencies, Gas TSO of Ukraine is implementing an Integrity Management System, which includes all technological and diagnostic data about the GTS sites.
As Ukrinform reported, Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom refused to reserve additional capacity for gas transit through Ukraine for November 2021. Starting October 1, 2021, transit has dropped by approximately 24-25 million cubic meters per day, to 86 million cubic meters, although Gazprom has booked and already paid for 109 mcm of daily transit.
In September 2021, Gazprom booked only 4% of the additional guaranteed transit capacity, which led to a reduction in the volume of Russian gas shipped through Ukraine. In total, in September 2021, Russian gas transit to European countries via the Ukrainian GTS stood at 3.257 billion cubic meters.