REUTERS

Over the nine months of 2020, gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine set a record high at 14.8 billion cubic meters, which is 28% more on year, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine says.

"For 9 months of 2020, LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine transmitted 14.8 billion cubic meters of gas from Europe to Ukraine as booked by Network Users. This is 28% (3.2 bcm) more than in the same period last year. Transmission volumes from European countries are 62% higher than the average values over the same periods in 2016-2019," the company press service reports.

Ukraine imports only a third of supplied gas amounts, the report says, adding that the rest goes at the request of traders for the intake to underground gas storage facilities.

Read alsoUkrainian gas stocks grow by 1.4% to 28.1 bcm over weekSince year-start, 9.8 billion cubic meters of import volumes have been transmitted to underground storage facilities in the customs warehouse mode. Of these volumes, some 62% (or 6.1 bcm) came in the shorthaul – customs warehouse mode and 38% (3.8 bcm) in the border – customs warehouse mode.

Over the nine months of 2020, imports from Slovakia amounted to almost 9.7 bcm (+ 33% on year), from Hungary – almost 3.7 bcm (+14%), and from Poland – almost 1.5 bcm (+33%).

Seventy-two traders have booked transmission from the EU to Ukraine in January-September, including 45 Ukrainian companies and 27 foreign ones. Also, more than 50 companies, mostly non-residents, used shorthaul services and the customs warehouse mode.

Read alsoMoldova to store gas in Ukraine's USFs – GTS operatorGas imports: Background

  • Ukraine in 2019 increased natural gas imports by 34.4%, or 3.65 bcm, up to 14.25 bcm.
  • In 2018, Ukraine's gas imports shrank 24.6% on year to 10.59 bcm.