Ukraine in January-July 2019 increased natural gas imports by 36.1% (to 2 billion 15.7 million cubic meters) compared with the same period of 2018 to 7 billion 593,3 million cubic meters, according to operational data of JSC “Ukrtransgaz”.
According to calculations of the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”, including from Slovakia for seven months received 4 billion 649,6 million cubic metres of gas (+30.2 percent to January-July-2018), Hungary – 2 billion 103,1 million cubic meters (+33,7%), Poland – 840,6 million cubic meters (+93,8%).
In July 2019 the import amounted to 1 billion 954,2 million cubic meters of gas, which is 67% more than in the same month 2018 (1.17 billion cubic meters).
As reported, fears of a complete cessation of Russian “Gazprom” gas transit through Ukraine from January 2020, forcing the country to enter the winter with higher than usual stocks in the underground gas storages (UGS). Head of the NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Andrey Kobelev has already announced plans for savings by November 2019, and about 20 billion cubic meters of gas, which is 3-4 billion cubic meters more than the practice of recent years.
This is due to the fact that the absence of import and transit of gas from the Russian gas transmission system (GTS) of Ukraine will force the country to begin its reverse in the West of the country, where the largest storage capacity in the East.
According to the Executive Director of “Naftogaz of Ukraine” Yuriy Vitrenko, in the event of termination of Russian gas transit through the Ukrainian gas transportation system only half of the available capacity on the Western border of the country (Slovakia – 42.5 million cubic meters/day, Hungary – 19.5 million cubic meters/day, Poland and 6.4 million cubic meters) can be used to import gas from Europe, as not all of them are continuous.
Ukraine for more than three years (from November 26 2015) does not import natural gas under the contract with JSC “Gazprom” (Russia), purchasing online exclusively on its Western border.