Transit of natural gas through the Ukrainian gas transport system (GTS) in January-March 2017 increased by 20% compared with the same period in 2016, up to 23.2 billion cubic meters, according to state-owned company Ukrtransgaz.
In March, the transit volume amounted to 6.6 bcm, which corresponds to the indicators of March 2016, the report says.
According to the data provided by the central dispatch department, 220.5 million cubic meters of gas is transported to European consumers daily.
”Despite Russia`s non-observance of contractual pressure, Ukraine ensures stable gas supplies to Europe,” the press service of the company said, adding that as of the morning of April 3, the pressure on the Russian border gas-measuring station Sudzha is at 57.7 Atm instead of the contracted 60 Atm.
As UNIAN reported, the transit of natural gas via the Ukrainian GTS in 2016 increased by 23% compared to 2015, up to 82.2 bcm. In February 2017, Ukraine increased the gas flow through its territory by 30%, up to 7.6 bcm.
In early February, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that Ukraine remained a reliable gas transit country. The head of government also noted that Ukraine counted on further support of the European Union in countering Russia`s projects aimed at increasing transit of gas bypassing Ukraine, in particular, the Nord Stream-2 project and the expansion of Gazprom`s access to the German OPAL gas pipeline.