Ukraine from April 4 to July 13, 2019, increased its natural gas reserves in underground storage facilities (USF) by 66%, or 5.768 billion cubic meters (bcm), to 14.514 bcm, according to JSC Ukrtransgaz.
According to the calculations of the Interfax-Ukraine agency, this volume exceeds the stocks reported on July 13, 2018, by 22.2% and on July 13, 2017, by 18.9%.
The country’s gas reserves on July 1-13 increased by 969.38 million cubic meters (mcm), which was 74.6 mcm daily on the average, whereas it was 71.9 mcm per day in June, 62.9 mcm per day in May.
Ukraine’s gas reserves in the USFs on July 13, 2019, increased by 69.62 million cubic meters (mcm) when imports totaled 61.93 mcm and domestic production was 54.83 mcm.
Ukraine has raised natural gas reserves in its underground storage facilities (UGS) by 3.362 billion cubic meters after the end of the heating season, PJSC Ukrtransgaz has said.
Thus, from April 8 to June 23 gas reserves in storage facilities grew by 45.2%, to 10.797 billion cubic meters from 7.435 billion cubic meters.
According to Interfax-Ukraine’s estimates, gas stocks on June 1-23 expanded by 1.231 billion cubic meters (53.54 million cubic meters per day), in May by 1.632 billion cubic meters (52.65 million cubic meters per day), April 9-30 by 500.84 million cubic meters (22.77 million cubic meters per day).
If the existing volumes of imports and current domestic production are preserved, the country will have about 11.2 billion cubic meters of reserves in storage facilities in July.
Ukrtransgaz, 100% owned by NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, operates the system of trunk gas pipelines and 12 underground gas storage facilities of the country with a total capacity of 31 billion cubic meters.