According to Ukrtransgaz's operational data, as of October 14, 21.1 bcm of natural gas is stored in Ukrainian gas storages (UGS), which is 26.3% more than on the same day last year. A significant increase in gas reserves was made possible due to an increase in imports from European countries.
For 9 months, natural gas imports to Ukraine increased by 43%, to 11.6 bcm compared to last year's volumes. Directions of gas imports in 2019:
- Slovakia – 7.239 bcm (62.4% of total imports);
- Hungary – 3.253 bcm (28.0%);
- Poland – 1.111 bcm (9.6%).
In turn, imports from Slovakia increased by 43%, from Hungary and Poland - by 30% and 96.6%, respectively.
Note that the Ukrainian GTS capacities have repeatedly worked at the maximum of their capabilities, pumping 66.3 million cubic meters of gas per day. By countries, gas transmission system has the following possibilities of physical gas supply:
- From Slovakia – 42.5 mcm per day;
- From Hungary – 19.5 mcm per day;
- From Poland – 4.3 mcm per day.
The historical maximum of gas imports was recorded on September 8 – 69.012 mcm per day. This was made possible due to the virtual reverse function.