In October 2021, the transit of natural gas through the Ukrainian GTS to European countries amounted to 2.634 billion cubic meters, having decreased by 623 million cubic meters compared to September 2021.
At the same time, the transit volumes to Slovakia increased by 6%, to 2.117 billion cubic meters, as compared to September 2021. Gas supplies to Slovakia accounted for 80% of the total transit volume.
Also, Gas TSO of Ukraine (GTSOU) transported 342 million cubic meters of gas to Poland (+3% against September) and 176 million cubic meters (-9%) to Moldova. All transit gas supplies from Russia to European countries did not exceed the booked annual capacities.
Based on the results of booking of Ukrainian GTS capacities on the RBP and GSA platforms, Gazprom not only did not book additional transit capacities for October 2021, but also significantly reduced the utilization of the booked annual capacities. No applications for transiting Russian gas to Hungary have been received since October 1.
Consequently, the average daily volume of Russian gas transported through the territory of Ukraine in October fell to 86 million cubic meters. This is below the minimum volume, according to the current transit agreement*.
“We are concerned about a reduction in Russian gas transit via the Ukrainian route: since October 1, pumping volumes have been below the booked capacities. Although starting from November 1 the transit to Moldova has increased due to the new contract for gas supplies from Russia. The total use of Ukrainian GTS capacities for the transit of Russian gas continues to decrease – averaging 60 million cubic meters per day at the beginning of November,” said Sergiy Makogon, General Director of GTSOU.
The transit of natural gas through Ukraine over 10 months of 2021 amounted to 35.3 billion cubic meters, and the average daily volume of transportation was 115.9 million cubic meters.
A total of 22.430 billion cubic meters of gas was delivered to Slovakia, 6.799 billion cubic meters to Hungary, 3.227 billion cubic meters to Poland, 2.439 billion cubic meters to Moldova, and some 0.394 billion cubic meters to Romania.
*The current transit agreement between NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine and Russia’s OJSC Gazprom was concluded at the end of 2019 for a period of five years. It provides for Gazprom to book transit capacities in the amount of 65 billion cubic meters (178 million cubic meters/day) in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters a year (110 million cubic meters/day) in 2021-2024.