The Ukrainian GTS Operator reports that for 7 months of 2020, 9.2 billion cubic meters of gas were transported from Europe to Ukraine. This is 21% (1.6 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period last year. This is also 48% higher than the 2016-2019 average.
In just 7 months of 2020, imports from Slovakia amounted to 5.4 billion cubic meters (+ 16% compared to the same period last year), from Hungary – 2.7 billion cubic meters (+ 26%), from Poland – 1.1 billion cubic meters (+ 33%).
In particular, backhaul, which first became available at the beginning of this year, imported 28%, or 2.6 billion cubic meters: from Slovakia – 0.2 billion cubic meters, from Hungary – 1.7 billion cubic meters, from Poland – 0.7 billion cubic meters.
According to the operational data of GTSOU, in July 2.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas were imported to Ukraine, which is 9% (or 183 million cubic meters) more than the import volumes of July 2019. Together, it is also 18% (or 320 million cubic meters) more than in June 2020.
Since the beginning of August, the daily volumes of gas transmission from European countries to Ukraine have sharply increased by another 55% and reached a new historical record in this direction – 107 million cubic meters.
It is noted that such an increase in imports is associated with a significant increase in demand from European companies for storage of gas in Ukrainian storage facilities in the Customs warehouse mode.
Since the beginning of the year, 5.4 billion cubic meters of imported volumes have been sent to underground storage facilities for storage in the Customs warehouse mode. Of these, 54% (or 2.9 billion cubic meters) came in the shorthaul mode.
In total, during the period from January to July, 69 traders ordered gas transportation from the EU to Ukraine, including 44 Ukrainian companies and 25 foreign companies. Shorthaul and Customs warehouse services were used by 52 customers: 24 residents and 28 non-residents.
Recall that for 7 months of this year, gas transit amounted to 30 billion cubic meters.
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