Low temperatures in the middle of January 2018 made Ukraine almost double pumping of natural gas from its underground gas storage facilities, according to data from Ukrtransgaz, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to calculations, if on average between 1 January and 9 January average gas pumping was 40.8 million cubic meters, between 10 January and 13 January it increased to 74.3 mcm, with stable imports at 25.6 mcm per day this month.
In December 2017, average daily gas pumping from underground gas storage facilities was 46 mcm, with 30.8 mcm per day of imported gas.
From the beginning of the heating season (24 October 2017) to 13 January 2018, Ukraine decreased natural gas stocks by 17.4% (or 2.945 billion cubic meters) to 14.029 billion cubic meters.
By 13 January 2017, 55.09 mcm were withdrawn from underground storage facilities (leaving 11.108 bcm in storage). By the same date in 2016, some 93.52 mcm were withdrawn, with 12.54 bcm left in the storage. In 2015, 64.53 mcm were withdrawn, with 10.423 bcm left in the storage.
Therefore, gas stock in Ukraine’s underground storage facilities on 13 January 2018 was 26.3% greater than a year earlier. Also, it was 11.9% more than in 2016, and 34.6% more than in 2015.
In 2017, total gas pumping into the storage facilities was 2.733 bcm larger than the amount of gas pumped from the facilities. In 2016, the amount of gas pumped from the facilities exceeded the amount of gas pumped to the facilities by 2.002 bcm. 6.415 bcm of natural gas was pumped from the facilities and 9.148 bcm was pumped into them in 2017.