Russian Gazprom increased the volume of gas transit to the EU through the Ukrainian gas transporting system as two lines of Nord Stream stopped due to repair works, as Ukrtransgaz reported on Facebook.
“Today (on July 17) due to the stop for the repair works of two lines of roundabout gas pipeline Nord Stream, Gazprom sharply increased the volume of the transit of the gas to the EU through the Ukrainian gas transporting system – by 25% or 60 million of cubic meters per day. As of July 17, 2019, the application for transit makes 300.2 million of cubic meters per day, thus, the Slovakian direction will be loaded by 99% (through the inter-state point in Uhzhhorod),” the message said.
The Ukrainian company noted that the current free capacities of Ukraine’s gas transporting system allow pumping additionally the volumes of gas to the European countries, which equal the maximums of Nord Stream 2 and notional Nord Stream 3.
“The distinct advantage of the Ukrainian gas transporting system is its flexibility and branch network, which provide the possibility to hold the repair and planned works without the stop of the transit,” the Ukrtransgaz press-office noted.
On January 1, 2020, 10-year transit contract between Naftogaz-Ukraine and Russian Gazprom will end. The latter company promotes Nord Stream and Turk Stream projects. The previous trilateral meetings in Ukraine-EU-Russia format on the transit of the Russian gas provided no results.
The bilateral negotiations of Russia-European Commission and Ukraine- European Commission took place before the trilateral meeting on gas issues between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission in Brussels. The negotiations were held with the participation of “Naftogaz-Ukraine” Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko, Russian Energy Minister Alexandr Novak and “Gazprom” Head Alexey Miller.