In September 2021, the transit of natural gas through the Ukrainian GTS to European countries amounted to 3.257 billion cubic meters.
The largest volumes were shipped to Slovakia – 1.989 billion cubic meters or 61.1% of the total transit volumes. Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU) transported to Poland 332 million cubic meters of gas, to Hungary – 742 million cubic meters, to Moldova – 194 million cubic meters.
According to Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU), Gazprom had booked only 4% of the additional guaranteed transit capacity for September 2021. As a result, the average daily volumes of Russian gas transported through the territory of Ukraine this month have decreased to 109 million cubic meters – to the minimum volume, according to the current transit deal*.
“GTSOU is offering about 80 million cubic meters per day of additional capacities for the transit of gas to Europe, but the results of the auctions demonstrate that Gazprom is not interested in increasing the supplies. For September and October, not even the guaranteed 15 million cubic meters of additional capacity were booked, not to mention interruptible ones. GTSOU remains a reliable partner for the EU and throughout the entire gas year 2021/2022 will be offering the required transit capacity. However, I would like to underline that our GTS is being used by less than one third of the total transit capacity of 146 billion cubic meters per year. This spare capacity is twice as much as the capacity of Nord Stream 2 and can be used to increase the supplies of natural gas to the EU,” said Sergiy Makogon, General Director of GTSOU.
The transit of natural gas via Ukraine during 9 months of 2021 amounted to 32.666 billion cubic meters, and the average daily transportation volume was 119 million cubic meters.
In total, the amount of gas shipped to Slovakia was 20.314 billion cubic meters, to Hungary – 6.799 billion cubic meters, to Poland – 2.886 billion cubic meters, to Moldova – 2.272 billion cubic meters and to Romania – 0.394 billion cubic meters.
The current transit agreement between NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and Russia’s Gazprom was signed at the end of 2019 for a period of five years. It provides for Gazprom booking transit capacities in the amount of 65 billion cubic meters (178 million cubic meters / day) in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters (110 million cubic meters / day) in 2021-2024.