REUTERS State-owned operator of Ukraine&#39;s gas transportation system Ukrtransgaz says extraction of natural gas in Ukraine in January-July of 2018 shrank by 0.6% year-over-year (y-o-y), to 11.972 billion cubic meters (bcm). Read alsoUkrtransgaz announces tenders for purchasing technological gas worth over US$809 mln In particular, gas output at Ukraine&#39;s largest natural gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya over the period under review grew by 0.73% to 8.84 bcm. The Ukrainian largest oil producer Ukrnafta in January-July of 2018 produced 610.3 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas, while other companies extracted 2.52 bcm. As UNIAN reported earlier, the state-owned and private extracting companies in Ukraine increased gas output by 3.1% in 2017 from 2016, to 20.8 bcm. The country reduced gas consumption in 2017 by 4%, to 31.9 bcm. According to the government&#39;s program for increasing gas production and reducing its consumption, it is planned that Ukrgazvydobuvannya&#39;s gas output will be equal to the consumption of natural gas by households and district-level central heating providers, that is 20 bcm of gas.