From the start of the heating season 2019-2020, Ukraine used 5.98 bcm of gas from its underground storage facilities (UGS).
As of 7 April 2020, 15.8 bcm of gas was stored in Ukrainian UGS facilities, which is almost 45% more than the previous year.
Gas volumes in Ukrainian UGS facilities at the end of the heating season 2019-2020 are the largest for the past 30 years.
The second largest volume of 15.4 bcm was recorded in the heating season 2008-2009.
Weather conditions made it possible to end gas withdrawal from UGS facilities and begin the injection season in March. In 2019, gas injection began in April.
“We accumulated a significant amount of gas in our UGS facilities in preparation for possible interruption of gas transit in 2020. This strengthened Ukraine's position when negotiating a new transit contract and helped ensure beneficial conditions for Ukraine. Now the large stock of gas in our storages will help Naftogaz navigate through the current volatile period,” commented Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev.
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine