Natural gas reserves in Ukrainian underground gas storages (USFs) decreased by 0.5%, or 40 million cubic meters (bcm), on March 4-11, to 8.192 bcm from 8.232 bcm, according to the state-run gas transport system operator Ukrtransgaz.
As reported, 4.63 bcm of gas was injected into USFs, while 0.53 bcm of gas pumped from the facilities on March 11 alone.
Earlier, the Ukrainian government in September 2016 approved a schedule for preparations for the heating season. It also determined the volume of fuel reserves to provide heat and electricity to consumers. Ukraine began the 2016-2017 heating season with gas reserves at 14.7 bcm.
On March 13, Ukraine stopped pumping gas from storage facilities and began injecting it at a rate of 4.5 bcm per day.