6 Oct 2023 19:20

Nonresidents inject 2.2 bcm of gas into Ukrainian underground storage facilities - Naftogaz head

MOSCOW. Oct 6 (Interfax) - Nonresidents have accumulated 2.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas in Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities by early October, Naftogaz Group CEO Alexei Chernyshov said.

"Ukraine is continuing its integration into Europe's energy system as a reliable partner and power bank by storing gas at its underground gas storage facilities. As of now, foreign clients are keeping 2.2 bcm of natural gas at Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities," Ukrainian media quoted Chernyshov as saying on his social media account on Friday.

The number of Naftogaz's nonresident clients increased to 148 companies in the first nine months of 2023 despite the crisis and potentially related risks, he said.

Over the past 24 hours alone, Naftogaz has received 14 requests from nonresidents for injecting gas to "the bonded warehouse" of Ukrainian gas storage facilities, Chernyshov said.

As reported with reference to the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine, Ukraine received 1.096 bcm of gas from the European Union and Moldova in August 2023, bringing the total shipments of gas from abroad from January to early September to 1.884 bcm.

In late September, Naftogaz said in a presentation that the amount of gas in Ukraine's underground storage facilities reached 15 bcm, while the government's target for the start of the fall-and-winter season was 14.7 bcm.