In August, the volume of gas transported from the EU to Ukraine amounted to about 567 million cubic meters, and this is the highest figure in 2021. Exports together with re-export of gas from Ukraine to the European countries in August amounted to more than 76 million cubic meters. In total 1.7 billion cubic meters of gas was imported this year, while exports and re-exports amounted to 886 million cubic meters.
Compared to July 2021, the import of natural gas in August increased by 68 million cubic meters. The increase was mainly due to the gas supplies from Poland, with rising almost fivefold (in July – 7 mln cubic meters and in August – about 35 mln cubic meters). However, Hungary remains the main destination within gas imports – 87% of the total volume. In terms of gas exports, including re-exports, the figure increased by 22 mln cubic meters compared to July, due to gas supplies to Hungary.
In addition, in August there was pilot gas supply via the Trans-Balkan gas corridor. Thus, a total of 2.272 thousand cubic meters of gas was imported from Romania in August. Now the testing of this direction is underway.
It should be reminded that in August 2020 Gas TSO of Ukraine for the first time carried out reverse transportation of gas via trans-Balkan gas corridor – from Greece through GTS of Bulgaria and Romania to Ukraine, which demonstrated the technical capacity of this route and subsequently its perspectives.
“We continue to work on the development of natural gas transportation routes within the Trans-Balkan route to increase the import capacity. This will contribute to better cooperation with our international partners and to diversification of gas supply sources,” said Sergiy Makogon, General Director of GTSOU. “Under such conditions, Gas TSO of Ukraine, as an efficient company, which has never breached the terms and conditions of gas supply and has established itself as a reliable partner, can become a guarantor of energy security in the entire Eastern European region.”