Ukrainian underground storage facilities contain over 9 bcm of gas – Galushchenko

Ukrainian underground storage facilities contain over 9 bcm of gas – Galushchenko

Last heating season Ukraine’s natural gas consumption volumes reduced significantly, but the country is already making preparations for the next autumn and winter period, and accumulating the necessary amount of natural gas in its underground storage facilities.

The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko during a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“The consumption of gas has dropped significantly. We used to need about 18-19 billion cubic meters before the start of the heating season. As we were entering the previous season, we had a little more than 14 billion cubic meters. But, it is important that we fully counted on the domestic resources and withdrew from exports. This allowed us to pass through that season smoothly,” Galushchenko told.

In his words, there is more than 9 billion cubic meters of natural gas in Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities at the moment, including industrial gas. Hence, Ukraine can accumulate the necessary amount of gas in a calm manner until the next heating season starts.

“We expect to have additional gas volumes for the possible production of electricity, because there were some situations when we were physically unable, due to the damage caused to railway tracks, to supply coal to certain power plants,” Galushchenko added.

A reminder that, on April 17, 2023, Naftogaz of Ukraine NJSC announced the launch of gas pumping operations as part of preparations for the next heating season.

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