“Gazprom” has sharply increased transit through Ukraine from-for repair of the Nord Stream

A gas station in Ukraine

Due to the planned maintenance of both lines of the Nord Stream pipeline (Nord stream) Gazprom dramatically increased its gas exports to the EU through Ukraine. According to the Slovak gas transmission operator Еustream, the application for transit of Russian gas Tuesday, August 9, jumped to 180.1 million cubic meters with 145,8 million cubic meters, reports “Interfax”.

Nord stream was temporarily stopped on planned repair on Tuesday at 7:00 Moscow time. The representative of the project operator, Nord Stream AG, said earlier that the full capacity of the pipeline will be available by August 19.

“Gazprom” in January—June 2016 has increased the gas transit to Europe via Ukraine by 31%, to 37.6 billion cubic meters, it follows from the operational data “Ukrtransgaz” (“daughter” of “Naftogaz”, the operating system of main gas pipelines). In June, the transit increased by 16.7%, to 6.26 billion cubic meters of gas.

June 2016 overall was a record for “Gazprom” on export of GAZ in the far abroad: the company increased deliveries by about 5%, to 13.4 billion cubic meters. m. the Nearest value, the result was recorded in pre-crisis 2008, 12.9 billion cubic meters In the first six months of supply of “Gazprom” in the CIS countries increased by 14.3%, to 85 billion cubic m. According to calculations of “Interfax”, in August, Gazprom could export to the far abroad 13.8 billion cubic meters of gas (approximately at the level of August 2015).

The main reason for the growth of transit through the territory of Ukraine — the “low base” of last year, said the Director of East European Gas Analysis Michael Korchemkin. In late 2014 — early 2015, “Gazprom” has reduced gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine, to prevent reverse deliveries from the EU to Ukraine: Kiev bought gas from European companies, and sent it by the same transit pipelines, but in the opposite direction.

The gas pipeline “Nord stream with capacity of 55 billion cubic meters runs along the bottom of the Baltic sea and consists of two strings. On it “Gazprom” supplies gas to Germany. Project operator — the company Nord Stream AG.