Most of the received gas was transported from Slovakia
In September 2023, the import of natural gas to Ukraine (incl. for temporary storage) amounted to 982.7 million cubic meters, of which 56% came from Slovakia. Most of the said volume was transported by non-resident traders for storage in Ukraine.
Having transported 552.4 million cubic meters (or 56% of the overall volume transported in September), Slovakia remains the leader in terms of gas transportation to Ukraine. The volume of gas transported from Hungary totaled at 200.1 million cubic meters (over 20%). 121.2 million cubic meters (12%) came from Romania via Moldova, while 109 million cubic meters (11.1%) came from Poland.
Overall, since April 2023, more than 2.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas has been transported to Ukraine from the EU countries and Moldova. This volume exceeds not only that of gas transported to Ukraine in April-September 2022 (by 270%), but also the volume of gas Ukraine received in April-September 2021 (by 32%).
The increase in the volumes of gas transportation from European countries to Ukraine testifies to the restoration of foreign traders’ confidence in Ukraine’s gas infrastructure. During the pending non-heating period alone, GTSOU concluded 25 contracts with non-resident companies for the provision of transportation services. The overall number of contracts concluded with foreign clients has exceeded 130. 40 non-resident companies have been actively resorting to services of gas transportation to Ukraine.
“As predicted, European companies are looking for reliable storage facilities in which to keep their natural gas, and they find such facilities in Ukraine. In September, the active use of our GTS’s southern branch in the reverse flow mode continued, as more than 120 million cubic meters of natural gas came from Romania via Moldova. Since the start of the gas injection season this figure has totaled at almost 0.5 billion cubic meters. This is an important signal with regard to the use of the Trans-Balkan Corridor, especially for the countries of Southern Europe, who will have the opportunity to store gas in Ukrainian storage facilities,” CEO of GTSOU Dmytro Lyppa said.
Let it be reminded that the GTS Operator of Ukraine, together with Ukrtransgaz, has carried out simulations of stress test scenarios for Ukraine’s gas infrastructure in the 2023/2024 winter season conditions. The expert group highly assessed the reliability of the Ukrainian gas infrastructure, in particular when it comes to gas storage and transportation for the benefit of foreign customers, especially in wartime conditions.