The transit of the natural gas through the gas transmission system of Ukraine (GTS) made 29.5 billion cubic meters in January-August 2021 and it is by 15.2% less than in 2020 as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
Particularly, in the west direction, 269 billion cubic meters of gas were delivered (Slovakia – 18.3 billion cubic meters; Hungary – 6.1 billion cubic meters, Poland – 2.5 billion cubic meters), in the south direction – 2.5. billion cubic meters (Moldova – 2.1 billion cubic meters; Romania – 0.4 billion cubic meters).
In January, the transit made 3.863 billion cubic meters (124.6 million cubic meters per day); in February – 2.907 billion cubic meters (103.8 million cubic meters per day), in March – 3.964 billion cubic meters (119.2 million cubic meters per day), in April – 3.718 billion cubic meters (123.9 million cubic meters per day), in May – 3.86 billion cubic meters (124.5 million cubic meters per day), in June – 3.723 billion cubic meters (124.1 million cubic meters per day), in July - 3.851 billion cubic meters (124.2 million cubic meters per day), in August billion cubic meters – 3.838 (123.8 million cubic meters per day).
The Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine has drawn attention to the fact that on August 16, Russian Gazprom has booked for September only 4% (0.65 million cubic meters per day) out of offered 15 million cubic meters of extra guaranteed transit capacities through the gas transmission system. In other words, this month, the transit will reduce to a minimal 109 million cubic meters per day.
According to Head of Operator Serhiy Makohon, the consequence for such transit policy of the Russian monopolist is the record growing price at the European hubs.
“Ukraine constantly offers extra transit capacities for supplies of extra volumes of gas to the EU. However, Gazprom, unfortunately, constantly refuses from them. It seems that by such behavior, Gazprom not only stimulates the further growth of prices for gas in the EU but also sends quite clear signals to Europe that extra volumes of gas are possible only through the Nord Stream 2,” he noted.
As we reported, Ukraine counts to conclude a new contract with Russian Gazprom on the transit of 45 billion cubic meters of gas during 10-15 years after 2024.