Ukrainian industrial consumers, government financed institutions, district heating companies and households used 2.38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in the first 20 days of March 2015, down 18% versus the previous year.
Government Decree 296 (dated 9 July 2014) aims to reduce gas usage among industrial consumers, government financed institutions and district heating companies. Gas usage among these three major categories was 20% above the target set out in Government Decree 296 in February (compared to 9% above target in February overall).
In volume terms, these three categories used 1.35 bcm of gas in the first 20 days of March versus the targeted 1.13 bcm. Households used 1.03 bcm in the period, 20% down on the previous year. All data excludes Crimea.
The largest breaches of the targets established by Government Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (+239%), Cherkasy (+113%), and Kharkiv (+46%) regions during the first 20 days of March. During the same period four regions consumed less gas than target and six regions were within 15% of the government benchmark. In particular, Transcarpathian (-11%) and Zhytomyr (-1%) came in below the desired benchmark. Donetsk (-43%) and Luhansk (-47%) regions also consumed less gas than their allocated target (although the figures reflect data delays and disruption linked to the government temporarily not exercising full authority in these regions).
Government Decree 296 targets natural gas usage of 70-90% of the previous year’s levels for industrial consumers, government financed institutions and district heating companies. The Decree does not set any targets for natural gas consumption by households.
National Joint-Stock Company «Naftogaz of Ukraine»