Natural gas reserves in Ukraine`s underground storage facilities (USFs) in the period from Dec 16 and Dec 24 dropped by 3.4%, or 436 million cubic meters – from 12.291 billion cubic meters down to 12.727 bcm, that`s according to the gas transport system operator Ukrtransgaz.
According to the state-owned operator, on December 24, some 47.4 million cubic meters of gas was pumped out.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in September, the government approved a schedule of Ukraine`s preparation for the heating season, as well as determined the volumes of fuel reserves to provide heat and electricity to consumers across the country.
In particular, gas reserves in underground storage facilities must account to at least 17 bcm. At the same time, according to the estimates by Naftogaz of Ukraine, gas reserves at 14.5 bcm would be sufficient for the safe passing of the heating season.
On October 16, Ukraine stopped pumping gas into its USFs.