Ukraine has accumulated significant reserves of natural gas in its underground gas storage facilities and coal in the warehouses of thermal power plants, which will allow passing this winter even in case of interruption in gas transit from January 1, 2020, Minister of Energy and Environment Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Orzhel has said.
“This means that Ukraine this winter, even without transit, will not be cold,” he said on the air of ICTV Channel.
According to him, traditionally the greatest risks may arise in February-March, when stocks in underground gas storages become smaller. At the same time, stress tests conducted by the GTS operator indicate that even on the peak days of maximum consumption, the country will be able to satisfy the gas demand of Ukrainian consumers.
Orzhel also said that the government is developing mechanisms to prevent a sharp increase in gas prices in winter for consumers in the country.
As reported, as of November 16, 2019 Ukraine has 21.530 billion cubic meters in underground gas storage facilities, which exceeds the November 16, 2018 reserves by 27.1%, those on November 16, 2017 by 29.3%, and November 16, 2016 by 52.5%.
Coal reserves in the warehouses of thermal power plants of energy generating companies of Ukraine amount to 2.243 million tonnes, which is 33.6% more than last year’s reserves.
Ukraine after the completion of the heating season increased its natural gas reserves in the underground gas storage facilities by 9.243 billion cubic meters (bcm), according to data from Ukrtransgaz. So, from April 8 to October 14, 2018 gas inventories rose by almost 2.2 times, from 7.435 bcm to 16.678 bcm.
According to the calculations of the Interfax-Ukraine agency, on October 1 through October 14 gas storage facilities were replenished by 443.72 million cubic meters (mcm, 31.69 mcm per day), in September by 1.595 bcm (53.17 mcm a day), in August by 1.793 bcm (57.85 mcm per day), in July by 1.655 bcm (53.38 mcm per day), in June by 1.623 bcm (54.09 mcm per day), in May by 1.632 bcm (52.65 mcm per day), April 9-30 by 500.84 mcm (22.77 mcm per day).
Ukraine came out from the 2017/2018 heating season with the minimum stocks in the last four seasons due to the frosty March-early April.
As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine expects that gas inventories by November 1, 2018 will amount to 17 bcm.
National joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy has accumulated enough volumes of natural gas in its underground gas storage facilities to steadily pass the autumn and winter period, Naftogaz Chief Commercial Officer Yuriy Vitrenko said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
“Now there are some 16 billion cubic meters of gas in underground gas storage facilities. This is enough to pass winter with comfort,” he said.
Vitrenko said that there is a strong likelihood that after the completion of the heating season the company would have a good gas reserve in the storage facilities.