Ukraine opens its gas transmission system to European monitors and expands data transparency

Ukraine’s gas transmission system operator Ukrtransgaz has provided European Commission observers ongoing access to its facilities, including metering stations ...

Ukraine’s gas transmission system operator Ukrtransgaz has provided European Commission observers ongoing access to its facilities, including metering stations, in order to monitor the transport of natural gas through Ukraine. In addition to providing physical access to Ukraine’s gas transmission system, Ukrtransgaz has begun transmitting complete daily information to the European Commission monitoring mission regarding European consumers’ Russian gas orders, gas volumes entering Ukraine from Russia and volumes destined for the EU and Ukraine.

Such an extensive information system was set up at a meeting including representatives of Naftogaz, Ukrtransgaz and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) on January 30 following a previous agreement between the European Commission and the Ukrainian side. Daily data transmission started on February 2.

The European Commission is taking steps to establish a system of daily monitoring for gas volumes on the territory of Ukraine. To this end, the European Commission together with ENTSOG is implementing in cooperation with Ukrtransgaz a monitoring mechanism to provide complete transparency on gas volumes passing through Ukraine destined for EU consumers.

Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev commented: "We are committed to transparency, and providing unrestricted access to our facilities and data to the European Commission representatives is the best way to demonstrate this. We are supplying Russian gas to European consumers through the territory of Ukraine with complete reliability. Naftogaz welcomes this expanded cooperation with the EC."

Ukrtransgaz president Ihor Prokopiv commented: "By cooperating with European observers, providing access to our facilities and daily exchange of data with trusted European organisations we fully demonstrate the reliability of Ukraine’s gas transportation system."

The ENTSOG General Assembly granted Ukrtransgaz observer status in October 2013. Ukraine was the first non-EU country to join the ENTSOG transparency platform: transparency.entsog.eu

Background information on Naftogaz:
Naftogaz is the national oil and gas company of Ukraine, which was established in 1998. Headquartered in Kyiv, the company covers a full range of activities in the oil and gas business including: production and refinery; transportation and storage; wholesale trade and distribution as well as technical support. More information can be found at naftogaz-europe.com.

Ukrtransgaz is the leading company engaged in transmission and storage of natural gas in Ukraine. The company is 100% owned by Naftogaz of Ukraine. Ukraine’s gas transmission system transported 132 bcm in 2013, including 86 bcm for the EU and Moldova. Ukrtransgaz owns Europe's largest underground gas storage network, with total capacity of 31 bcm. Daily data on Ukrainian underground gas storage levels is available at transparency.gie.eu. Gas flows information is published at transparency.entsog.eu.


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