In September, the import of natural gas to Ukraine (including for temporary storage) amounted to 982.7 million cubic metres, of which 56 per cent came from Slovakia, with most of the said volume transported by non-resident traders for storage, Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) informed on Monday (2 October).
Having transported 552.4 million cubic metres last month, Slovakia remains “the leader” in terms of gas transportation to Ukraine, the Operator said. The volume of gas transported from Hungary totalled 200.1 million cubic metres (over 20 per cent), while 121.2 million cubic metres (12 per cent) came from Romania via Moldova and 109 million cubic metres (11.1 per cent) from Poland.
“As predicted, European companies are looking for reliable storage facilities in which to keep their natural gas, and they find such facilities in Ukraine. In September, the active use of our GTS’s southern branch in the reverse flow mode continued, as more than 120 million cubic metres of natural gas came from Romania via Moldova. Since the start of the gas injection season this figure has totalled at almost 0.5 billion cubic metres. This is an important signal with regard to the use of the Trans-Balkan Corridor, especially for the countries of Southern Europe, who will have the opportunity to store gas in Ukrainian storage facilities,” said Dmytro Lyppa, CEO of GTSOU.
Since April of this year, more than 2.8 billion cubic metres of natural gas has been transported to Ukraine from the EU and Moldova, which is a 270 per cent increase when compared to April-September 2022.
During the pending non-heating period, the Ukrainian operator concluded 25 contracts with non-resident companies for the provision of transportation services, bringing the total number of contracts concluded with foreign clients to over 130.