Ukrainian natural gas usage fell by 19% in December versus the previous year

Government natural gas saving targets missed by a quarter

Government natural gas saving targets missed by a quarter

In December 2014 Ukrainian industrial consumers, district heating enterprises, government financed institutions and households collectively consumed 5.3 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas, compared to 6.7 bcm in December 2013, a drop of 19% in data excluding Crimea. The first three categories of consumers are covered by Government Decree 296 (dated 9 July 2014) which set out to reduce natural gas usage. These targets were missed by 25.6%, with specified consumers using approximately 3.0 bcm instead of the forecasted 2.4 bcm. At the same time, households last month used 2.3 bcm, which was 12% less than in December 2013.

The largest overruns of the obligations set out in Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (75% over target), Cherkasy (+ 63%), Ternopil (+ 61%), Kyiv region (+ 53%) and Kyiv City (+ 40%).


Positively, some regions last month used less gas than the established targets. In particular, Zakarpattya (12% below target), Zhytomyr (-1%) and Luhansk regions (-35%; although this statistic reflects data delays and disruption linked to the Anti-Terrorist Operation in this region) performed strongly.

Industrial consumers and district heating enterprises significantly overran their natural gas usage targets (by 31% and 26%, respectively). Conversely, government financed institutions used 24% less than target.

Decree 296 targets natural gas usage of 70-90% of the previous year’s levels for major categories of consumers. The Decree does not set any targets for natural gas consumption by households.

Public Relations Department
National Joint-Stock Company «Naftogaz of Ukraine»

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