Gazprom taps Ukraine’s Naftogaz to offset Nord Stream maintenance shutdown
Russia’s Gazprom has opted for increased gas transmission through Ukraine’s Naftogaz to the European Union (EU) to compensate for the Nord Stream operations shutdown on account of maintenance works.
Gazprom has submitted an order of 315 million cubic metres (mcm) for gas transmission through Ukraine.
The daily order for transmission of Russian gas through Ukraine witnessed a rise of 47mcm over the past week.
Naftogaz indicated that it will implement the order in full, though it is not in accordance with its existing gas transmission contract with Gazprom.
Ukraine’s gas transmission system is said to be capable of delivering a maximum capacity to Europe of more than 400mcm a day.
The planned shutdown of Nord Stream is expected to last 11 days.
Even during routine maintenance, it is claimed that the Ukrainian system continues to operate without transit interruptions, serving as a reliable channel for gas transmission to Europe.
Ukraine’s gas transmission system has been witnessing growing contracts to serve the energy demands of European nations.
It transported 61.9 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas during the first eight months of this year, recording more than 23.4% increase in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
Last year, Gazprom supplied 46% of gas to its European customers through the Ukrainian gas transmission system.
Image: Gazprom’s compressor station Portovaya enables the transmission of gas via the Nord Stream pipelines to Germany. Photo: courtesy of Nord Stream.