Gazprom has increased gas transit through the Ukrainian GTS by 50%, up to 106 mcm
In the last days of February, Russia's Gazprom increased natural gas supplies to Europe and Moldova via Ukraine by 50% (compared to the minimum value of 70 mcm) to 106 mcm on February 27-28, 2021, according to operational data of the Gas TSO of Ukraine LLC (GTSOU).
Thus, Russian gas supplies through Sudza interconnection point on February 27, 2021, grew by 1.9 times, up to 78 mcm, compared to the lowest value of 41 mcm on February 23, 2021. Gas transit through Sokhranovka interconnection point remained unchanged at 29 mcm per day.
Gas re-exports from the Ukrainian GTS to Europe have also increased. Thus, gas transit to Slovakia via Uzhhorod / Velke Kapushany increased almost 3-fold (by 44 mcm), from 23.9 mcm Natural gas transit from Russia, mcm a day to 67.5 mcm a day during February 27-28, 2021. Gas transit to Hungary through the Bereg virtual gas interconnection point grew by 12% (2.5 mcm), from 20.9 mcm to 23.4 mcm a day.
Deliveries to Poland in the last days of February 2021 remained low at 4.4 mcm per day. However, according to the confirmed transit bookings for March 1, 2021, gas transit to Poland is expected to more than double, up to 9.5 mcm a day.
The increase in gas supplies may be due to lower air temperatures in Europe after warm periods. In addition, there are active withdrawals of gas from European underground gas storages, which as of February 27, 2021, were by 37% to their total storage capacities, which was the lowest level recorded in previous years.
As earlier reported by ExPro, the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine fell by 30%, down to 75 mcm per day.
In addition, Gazprom reserved an additional 14.2 mcm a day of gas transit capacity through Ukraine for March 2021. Thus, together with the capacity under the current contract (109.6 mcm per day) in March 2021, the maximum daily volume of Russian gas transit through Ukraine will be 123.8 mcm, the gas transit volumes, which used to be in in February 2021.