As of March 11, there are 15.81 billion m³ of gas in the underground storage facilities of Ukraine, according to the data of LLC Operator of the Ukrainian GTS.
Ukraine March 11 began pumping natural gas into underground storage facilities, according to Interfax-Ukraine, citing operational data of LLC Operator GTS of Ukraine.
Since Wednesday, net injection exceeded net selection from storage facilities by 3.84 million m³, the agency notes.
As of March 11, there are 15.81 billion m³ of gas in underground storage facilities.
“Such a volume of gas even exceeds the level of reserves when entering the heating season of 2016-2017, when there were 14.732 billion m³ in storage,” the agency emphasizes.
Such significant reserves are associated with the injection of additional volumes into storage facilities in case the Russian Gazprom ceases gas transit through Ukraine after 2019, as well as an abnormally warm winter.
The press service of the GTS Operator notes that in February 2020, Ukraine also increased gas supplies. “According to current data, in February 2020, 981 million m³ of natural gas was imported to Ukraine. This is 47% more than in February 2019,” the report said.
The GTS Operator also emphasizes that all imported gas comes “exclusively from the countries of the European Union, Ukraine has not been importing gas from the Russian Federation since November 2015.”
December 30, 2019 Ukraine, the European Union and Russia as a result of trilateral negotiations signed a five-year gas transit contract. According to the document, the minimum guaranteed pumping volumes in the first year will amount to 65 billion m³ of gas, and then 40 billion m³ each over the next four years.
After that, the Ukrainian operator of the GTS signed several agreements with operators of related countries, in particular Moldova.