Today, Gazprom has increased its gas transmission order via Ukraine to Europe by 20%. The volume requested for transmission equals 282 bcm per day. The increase is several times higher than level stipulated in the contract between Naftogaz and the Russian company. Despite this, Ukraine intends fulfil the order.
According to the information available to Naftogaz, the abrupt increase in the transmission order was caused by an outage of OPAL pipeline joining the Nord Stream with gas transmission systems in Germany and Central Europe.
Naftogaz also notes that Gazprom failed to ensure contractual pressure levels at Pysarivka entry point: the pressure amounts to 67.4 atm which is 2.6 atm lower than the contracted level. At Sudzha entry point the pressure is within the contract requirements.
In 2014, Gazprom unilaterally refused from balancing services offered by Ukrtransgaz to manage situations like the current one. By fulfilling the sharply increased order Ukraine aims to demonstrate it is a reliable transit partner for the EU.
Between January and August 2016, European consumers received 50.2 bcm of gas via the Direct Stream, Ukraine' gas transmission system. With a 19% increase in the transited volumes compared to same period of the previous year, the Direct Stream remains the key route for Russian gas entering the EU.