Gas usage targets exceeded by 11% during the first 20 days of February
Ukrainian industrial consumers, government financed institutions, district heating companies and households used 3.31 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas during the first 20 days of February 2015, down 15% 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 11% above the target set out in Government Decree 296 for the first 20 days of February (compared to 13% above target in January).
In volume terms, these three categories used 1.8 bcm of gas in the first 20 days of February versus the targeted 1.61 bcm. Households used 1.51 bcm in the 20 days of February. All data excludes Crimea.
In comparison with the same period of 2014, government financed institutions reduced gas usage by 23%, households saved 20% and district heating companies economized by 18%. Industrial consumers’ gas usage was similar to 2014 (+3%).
The largest breaches of the targets established by Government Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (+154%), Cherkasy (+90%) and Odesa (+30%) regions during the first 20 days of February. During the same period two regions consumed less than target and 14 regions were within 15% of the government benchmark. Donetsk (-20%) and Luhansk (-42%) regions consumed less gas than their allocated target (although the figures reflect data delays and disruption linked to the Anti-Terrorist Operation in these regions).
Industrial consumers improved significantly, coming in 6% in excess of target (versus +20% in January) while district heating companies were above the desired benchmark (+20%) for the first 20 days of February. Government financed institutions used 20% less gas than target.
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»