Ukraine boosts gas consumption by almost 20% in Feb

Ukraine increased consumption of natural gas in February 2017 by 19% year-over-year (y-o-y), to 4.5 billion cubic meters (bcm), according to Ukraine`s state-run gas transport system operator Ukrtransgaz.

”In February, Ukrainian consumers of all categories used 4.5 bcm of natural gas, which was 19% up from the same period last year,” Ukrtransgaz`s press service said, adding that in January-February, Ukraine used 9.8 bcm of gas, which was 5% up y-o-y.

The indicators have grown due to the increased consumption of gas by households during the peak cold spells, according to Ukrtransgaz.

”Within the two months of winter in 2017, 3.4 bcm of domestic natural gas, 2.9 bcm of gas imported from Europe, as well as 3.7 bcm of gas accumulated in storage facilities, was used to meet the needs of consumers,” the report said.

Earlier, Ukraine in 2016 reduced the consumption of natural gas by 4% against 2015, to 30.3 bcm.

In 2016, Ukraine imported 11.1 bcm of gas from Europe, while the rate of domestic gas production was 20.2 bcm. In particular, 9.1 bcm arrived from Slovakia, 1 bcm from Hungary, and 1 bcm from Poland.

According to the State Statistics Service, Ukraine reduced gas consumption by 2.4% in January 2017, to 5.204 bcm.

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