Gas transit via Ukraine drops 19.1 percent in 2012

09:20, 21 January 2013
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Natural gas transit via Ukraine to Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) fell by 19.1 percent year-on-year to 84.261 billion cubic meters in 2012, according to official data released Friday, according to Xinhua.

Gas transit to European countries plunged 19.7 percent to 81.183 billion cubic meters during the period, the state-run Ukrtransgaz company said in a statement.

It also said Ukraine delivered 3.078 billion cubic meters of gas to CIS countries, down 0.7 percent year-on-year.

On October 2012, the then First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky pledged Ukraine would ensure uninterrupted gas supplies to Europe during the winter heating season of 2012-2013.

The Ukrainian gas transportation system has the capacity to pump up to 142.5 billion cubic meters to European countries a year.

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