Gas imports increased by 76% in first quarter of 2020

2nd of April 2020, Kyiv – In January-March 2020, natural gas imports from the EU reached 2.7 billion cubic meters. This is 1.2 billion cubic meters, or 76%, more than in the first quarter of the last year and, on the other hand, 15% less than the average in 2016-2019.

In particular, during the three first months 2020 year, imports from Slovakia were about 1.9 billion cubic meters (+99% compared to the same period last year), from Hungary – 0.5 billion cubic meters (+ 58%), from Poland – 0.35 billion cubic meters (+ 21%). It should be noted that import volumes from Poland also include a virtual reverse, which became available for the first time since this year – 0.28 billion cubic meters.

In addition, according to the operational data by LLC “GTS Operator of Ukraine”, 1.3 billion cubic meters of natural gas were imported to Ukraine in March 2020. This is more than twice (by 670 million cubic meters) exceeding the import volumes in March 2019.

As of April 2nd, 2020, all imported volumes of natural gas come exclusively from EU countries. Since November 2015, Ukraine has not been importing gas from the Russian Federation.