Ukraine has increased its daily order for the import of natural gas from Slovakia 4.3 times, from 2.048 million cubic meters to 8.796 million cubic meters, the Slovak gas transmission system operator Eustream reported.
On July 1-14, import of gas through Slovakia made 0.5 million cubic meters, and on July 15 it was 2.06 million cubic meters, according to the latest data from Eustream.
As was reported, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev said on June 30 that the state holding was planning to start importing gas for pumping it into underground storage facilities at its own expense in the first ten days of July and at the expense of funds from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the last two weeks of July.
Naftogaz’s recent reports say that the minimum stocks in the storage facilities prior to the 2016/2017 heating season should be 14.5 billion cubic meters of gas, which corresponds to their replenishments from April by 6.1 billion cubic meters.
Ukraine in June imported a mere 19.7 million cubic meters of gas, imports in May were 96.4 million cubic meters. (Interfax/Business World Magazine)