The Ukrainian gas transmission system operator reports that in the first quarter of 2021, the volume of gas transported from the EU to Ukraine amounted to 476 million cubic meters. This is 83% less than in the same period in 2020.
0.2 million cubic meters were transported from Poland to Ukraine, from Slovakia – 65 million cubic meters, from Hungary – 410.4 million cubic meters. 86% of gas volumes were delivered by virtual reverse.
Net exports of natural gas from Ukraine to European countries in January-March amounted to 18.3 million cubic meters, which is almost four times more than in the first quarter of last year (4.8 million cubic meters).
Re-export of natural gas in the first quarter amounted to 618.9 million cubic meters. m (almost 240 times more than the same period a year earlier). 141.3 million cubic meters were re-exported to Poland, to Slovakia – 107 million cubic meters, to Hungary – 340.6 million cubic meters, to Moldova – 30 million cubic meters.
“Currently, record volumes of blue fuel are kept in Ukrainian underground storage facilities, and Ukrainian suppliers use their own reserves of hydrocarbons from subways and buy gas from the customs warehouse mode to European traders. Therefore, during the reporting period, gas exports from Ukraine exceeded imports. In particular, Moldova re-exported more than half of its own gas volumes in Ukrainian UGS facilities,” commented Yevhenii Todorov, Commercial Director of GTSOU. “The dynamics of the first quarter of this year shows that the Ukrainian gas infrastructure is already firmly integrated into the European energy markets and is part of the energy security of European countries.”
As a reminder, Ukrtransgaz reported that the problem of gas metering in the customs warehouse mode had been resolved.
As reported, Ukraine and Qatar signed a memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sector.