Stocks of natural gas in Ukraine`s underground storage facilities grew by 3.8%, or 422 million cubic meters (mcm), from 10.973 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas on August 6 to 11.395 bcm of gas on August 13, according to Ukrtransgaz, operator of Ukraine`s gas transport system.
The amount of gas pumped daily into the underground facilities, as of August 13, was about 54.2 mcm.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine stopped transferring gas from its underground facilities due to the end of the heating season, and since April 7 gas stocks have been replenished.
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine plans to pump 14.5 bcm of gas into its underground gas storage facilities by the start of the next heating season.
In the first half of July 2016, Ukraine imported about 0.5 mcm of gas per day from Slovakia and about 0.4 mcm from Hungary. In mid-July, gas purchases from Slovakia and Hungary grew considerably. Further, Ukraine resumed gas imports from Poland.
State-owned Naftogaz of Ukraine plans to buy gas using its own funds and a US$300 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.