As of September 2021, Gazprom booked only 4% of the additional guaranteed transit capacity. As a result, the average daily volumes of Russian gas transported through Ukraine this month fell to 109 million cubic meters - to the minimum volume, according to the current transit agreement as Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine reported.
In September 2021, the transit of natural gas through the Ukrainian gas transportation system to the European countries made 3.257 billion cubic meters.
The transit of natural gas through the gas transmission system (GTS) of Ukraine in January-September 2021 is 32.7 billion cubic meters, which is 17.2% less than in the same period in 2020.
The largest volumes came to Slovakia - 1.989 billion cubic meters, or 61.1% of the total transit volumes. The Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine transported 332 million cubic meters to Polan; to Hungary - 742 million cubic meters; to Moldova - 194 million cubic meters.
"The Gas Transmission System Operator offers about 80 million cubic meters per day of additional capacity for gas transit to Europe, but the results of the auctions show that Gazprom is not interested in increasing supplies. Even the guaranteed 15 million cubic meters of additional capacities, not to mention intermittent ones, were not booked for September and October. The Operator remains a reliable partner for the EU and will offer the necessary transit capacities throughout the gas year 2021/2022. However, I would like to note that less than a third of the total transit capacity of 146 billion cubic meters per year is used by our Gas Transmission System Operator. These unused capacities, which are twice as large as those of Nord Stream 2, can be used to increase gas supplies to the EU,” General Director of the Gas Transmission System Operator Serhiy Makohon noted.
In total, Slovakia received 20.314 billion cubic meters of gas; Hungary - 6.799 billion cubic meters, Poland - 2.886 billion cubic meters, Moldova - 2.272 billion cubic meters, and Romania - 0.394 billion cubic meters.
It is worth noting that the current transit agreement between Naftogaz of Ukraine and the Russian Gazprom was concluded at the end of 2019 for a period of five years. It provides for the booking by Gazprom of transit capacities in the amount of 65 billion cubic meters (178 million cubic meters per day) in 2020 and 40 billion cubic meters each (110 million cubic meters per day) in 2021-2024.
As we reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that it is not profitable for Gazprom to increase gas transit via Ukraine, since transit through the Ukrainian GTS is more expensive by $ 3 billion.