Transit shipments of crude oil by pipelines through the territory of Ukraine to European countries in January-August 2018 decreased by 4.5%, or 409,500 tonnes, compared to the same period in 2017, to 8.692 million tonnes, PJSC Ukrtransnafta has said. The volume of oil pumping to the country’s oil refineries in January-August 2018 increased by 5.5%, 71,900 tonnes, 1.386 million tonnes, according to estimates of Interfax-Ukraine. Thus, the share of transit shipments in the total volume of oil transportation (10.077 million tonnes) in the eight months of 2018 was 86.2%, the share of pumping to the country’s oil refineries was 13.8%.
In August 2018, transit shipments of crude oil by pipelines through Ukraine decreased by 10.4% (125,000 tonnes) from August 2017, 1.08 million tonnes, pumping to the country’s refineries fell by 0.6% (1,100 tonnes), to 184,700 tonnes.
As reported, transit of oil through Ukraine to European countries in 2017 increased by 0.8% (by 114,900 tonnes) compared to the same period in 2016, to 13.937 million tonnes. The volume of oil transportation to the refineries of Ukraine in 2017 amounted to 2.097 million tonnes, which is 1.5-fold (690,600 tonnes) more than last year.
The growth of supplies inside the country is connected with the resumption of work of the Odesa-Kremenchuk section from March 10, 2017, which supplies Azeri Light oil to PJSC Ukrtatnafta. As reported, Ukrtransnafta, 100% managed by NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, is the operator of the country’s oil transportation system.
Ukrtransnafta’s trunk oil pipeline system, which includes pipes from 159 mm to 1,220 mm in diameters, stretches 4,767 kilometers and through 19 Ukrainian regions. It has annual capacity to accept 114 million tonnes for shipment and to supply 56.3 million tonnes to Europe.