8 Jun 2022 12:46

Gas transit to Hungary from Poland via Ukraine reaches 3 million cubic meters per day - head of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine

MOSCOW. June 8 (Interfax) - Natural gas transit to Hungary from Poland via Ukraine has reached 3 million cubic meters per day, Ukrainian media outlets said with the reference to comments posted by Serhiy Makohon, head of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine, on social media.

Makohon said in mid-May 2022 that Ukraine was providing transit of over 1 million cubic meters of gas to Hungary from Poland on a daily basis.

"Ukraine is evolving into an important gas transportation hub for Eastern and Southern Europe," he said back then.

As reported earlier, Russian gas transit through the gas transmission system of Ukraine reached 41.6 billion cubic meters in 2021, or about 114 million cubic meters per day, down 25.4% from 2020 (55.8 bcm). The Ukrainian gas transmission system was running at less than 30% of its capacity in 2021.

Currently, Russian gas transit has shrunk to 40 million cubic meters per day as Russia is reducing the supply. Ukraine insists on further payments based on the estimated transportation amount of 109 million cubic meters a day, as prescribed by the long-term contract, and the pump or pay principle. Naftogaz of Ukraine said it was not receiving enough transit payments from Gazprom and was preparing for litigation in an arbitral tribunal.