Transit shipments of Russian gas via Ukraine to the European Union (EU) in January-July 2016 increased by 19% year-on-year to 50.2 billion cubic meters (bcm), according to Ukrtransgaz, operator of the country`s gas transportation system.
In particular, transit supplies of Russian gas through Ukraine in August amounted to 6.949 bcm, 3.1% higher compared with the same period last year.
”The increase in monthly transit volumes is related to the eight-day suspension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system, which lasted from August 9 tilll August 18,” Ukrtransgaz stated.
As UNIAN reported earlier, transit supplies of Russian gas through Ukraine to the EU in 2014 decreased by 29.1% to 59.4 bcm compared with 2013, and increased by 8% in 2015 to 67.1 bcm in comparison with 2014.
According to the transit contract concluded between Ukraine and Russia, Russian energy giant Gazprom must transfer at least 110 bcm of natural gas through the Ukrainian pipeline system annually.