28 Oct 2019 15:08

Ukraine boosts reserves in UGS facilities 2.5-fold between heating seasons

KYIV. Oct 28 (Interfax) - Between April 4 and October 26, 2019, when the new heating season began, Ukraine increased the amount of gas in its underground storage (UGS) facilities 2.5-fold, to 21.683 million cubic meters, up from 12.937 million, according to preliminary data from Ukrtransgaz.

According to Interfax-Ukraine's calculations, this volume represents an increase of 27.2% over the figure from October 26, 2018, a 28% increase over 2017, and a 48.7% increase over 2016.

Between October 1 and 26, 1.252 bcm was pumped into storage, or 48.2 mcm per day (72.5 mcm in September, 77.5 mcm in August, 74.4 mcm in July, 71.9 mcm in June, and 62.9 mcm in May).

On October 26, 54.09 mcm was pumped into storage, amid imports of 58.2 mcm and domestic production of 57.8 mcm.

Naftogaz Ukrainy head Andriy Kobolyev had announced the company's intention to increase its reserves in case Gazprom stops transporting gas through Ukraine after this year.