As of Friday, September 27, Ukraine has not been supplying gas for its needs from Russia for 1400 days, so all imported gas comes exclusively from the territory of the European Union. The press service of "Ukrtransgaz" informs about it.
"During the off-season period from May to September, Ukrtransgaz transported 8.7 billion cubic meters from the EU, which is three billion cubic meters, or 53% more than in the same period in 2018 and 2017. This increase in importing is explained by the need to accumulate more than 20 billion cubic meters of gas in the underground storages of gas for stable passage of the heating season of 2019/2020 by Ukraine”, - the message says.
Ukrtransgaz also said that the company is upgrading the facilities to increase reliability and increase the capacity of importing routes, as part of the preparation of the underground storages of gas for the autumn-winter heating season of 2019/2020. In particular, the overhaul of the Komarno compressor station is being completed, which will result in the creation of additional guaranteed capacity for import of natural gas from Poland. There is also a preparatory work to create new and expand existing capacity for import from Romania and Slovakia.
As we reported earlier, on September 19, in Brussels there were tripartite negotiations on the new contract for transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Europe. The parties agreed to discuss the issues of transit and direct gas supplies to Ukraine at the negotiations scheduled for October.
Transit and gas contracts signed ten years ago by Russia and Ukraine expire at the end of 2019.