As at February 16, 2019 Ukrainian underground gas storages are filled up to 13 309 mln cubic meters of gas (which is 33.3% of overall occupancy of Ukrainian underground gas storages). The year before, on February 16, 2018 there were by 851 mln cubic meters of gas more (11 160 mln cubic meters) despite the record occupancy of UGSFs before the 2018-2019 heating season (17.2 mln cubic meters).
From the beginning of the year, 3 556 mln cubic meters were pumped out from the underground storages. And from the beginning of the heating season 6 886 mln cubic meters of natural gas were pumped out, so that the occupancy of UGSFs decreased by 40% since the heating system was turned on.
Among European countries, Germany has the largest reserves, its UGSFs are filled up to 12 645 mln cubic meters (56.78% of overall occupancy), the next is Italy with 803 mln cubic meters (47.30%) and the Netherlands – 6 281 mln cubic meters (50.53%). Other European countries have reserves less than 5 000 mln cubic meters.
We recall that Ukraine has met the 2018 heating season with the largest gas reserves in UGSFs for the last 5 years – more than 17.2 mln cubic meters. However, due to information of NJSC “Naftogaz”, Ukraine also has increased gas consumption for the first time in 5 years – up to 400 mln cubic meters compared to 2017(+1.3%).