Ukraine gas usage down 16% in February

Households cut usage by 20%

Households cut usage by 20%

Ukrainian industrial consumers, government financed institutions, district heating companies and households used 4.43 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in February 2015, down 16% 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 9% above the target set out in Government Decree 296 in February (compared to 13% above target in January).

In volume terms, these three categories used 2.46 bcm of gas in February versus the targeted 2.26 bcm. Households used 1.98 bcm in February, 20% down on the previous year. All data excludes Crimea.

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The largest breaches of the targets established by Government Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (+156%), Cherkasy (+87%), Odesa (+28%) and Chernigiv (+28%) regions during February. During the same period seven regions consumed less gas than target and 10 regions were within 15% of the government benchmark.

In particular, Zhytomyr (-6%), Poltava (-4%), Kherson (-1%), Ternopil (-1%) and Volyn (-1%) came in below the desired benchmark. Donetsk (-22%) and Luhansk (-43%) 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 were nearly 5% above target and district heating companies were 16% in excess. Government financed institutions used 19% 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.


Public Relations Department
National Joint-Stock Company «Naftogaz of Ukraine»



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