Ukraine increases natural gas imports from Slovakia

Ukraine has increased the daily import order for natural gas from Slovakia by 330%, from 2.048 to 8.796 million cubic meters, the Slovak Gas Transmission System Operator reported. On July 1-14, the import of gas via the Slovak gas corridor to Ukraine totaled half a million cubic meters.

As previously reported, the Chief Executive of Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev, said on the 30th of June that the state was planning to start importing gas so it could pump it into underground storage facilities at its own expense in the first ten days of July and from the last ten days of July for the funds of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The Czech CEZ and French ENGIE have successfully passed the unconditional preliminary qualification for participation in tenders for the purchase of NJSC’s gas for the funds of the EBRD. According to recent statements of the representatives of Naftogaz, the minimum stock in the storage facilities prior to the 2016/2017 heating season should equal 14.5 million cubic meters of gas that corresponds to their replenishment from April by 6.1 billion cubic meters.

In June 2016, Ukraine imported 19.7 million cubic meters of gas while in May it imported 96.4 million cubic meters.

  Gas, Slovakia, Ukraine