2nd of April, 2020, Kyiv – In March 2020, Gas TSO of Ukraine provided transportation of 4.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas to the EU and Moldova. This is 18% more than the previous month and 36% or 2.6 billion cubic meters less than the same month last year.
As a result of the first quarter 2020, gas transit through the Ukrainian GTS amounted to 11.1 billion cubic meters. That is 53% less than in the same period last year. Transit volumes actually decreased by 2 times compared to the average value of January-March for 2014-2019. However, since the beginning of 2020, transit capacities from the Russian Federation are fully paid by PJSC Gazprom for the specified period under the new transit contract and equal to 65 billion cubic meters per year (or 0.178 billion cubic meters per day).
Also in the first quarter of this year, a new short-haul service was launched. It enables customers to order gas transit between EU countries through the Ukrainian GTS. In March, Gas TSO of Ukraine had already transited the first volumes of gas for well-known German energy trader on the Hungary-Slovakia route.
In total, in January-March 2020, 9.8 billion cubic meters of gas were transited in the western direction. That is 7.2 billion cubic meters or 42% less than the results of the same period a year earlier.
In the Southern (Balkan) direction, the transit has decreased by 70% to 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas since the beginning of 2020. In particular, the transit to Romania via GMS Orlovka amounted to 0.3 billion cubic meters (-90%), to Moldova – to 0.9 billion cubic meters (-10%). The decrease in transit volumes through the Trans-Balkan corridor is largely due to the launch of the pipeline TurkStream.