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Ukraine to undergo additional stress tests to confirm reliability in wartime conditions

Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz announced on Wednesday (21 February) that its subsidiary Ukrtransgaz and Ukraine’s Gas Transmission System Operator (GTSOU) plan to conduct stress tests to confirm the reliability of the country’s gas transmission system and underground storage facilities.
In July 2023, Ukrainian authorities and state-owned gas operators conducted a similar risk analysis which confirmed Ukraine’s readiness to store and re-export European gas during war-time conditions.
Plans for additional stress tests come amid shelling and the potential cessation of Russian gas transit, Naftogaz said in a press release. The results of this review are to be disclosed at the end of April.

Naftogaz is currently offering foreign clients up to 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of free capacity in the country’s underground gas storage facilities, representing one-third of Ukraine’s underground storage capacity.

Last year, foreign traders and energy companies stored 2.5 bcm of gas in Ukraine. This year, Naftogaz aims to increase this volume to 4 bcm.

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