Gas production reduced by 4.8% in nine months.

In January-September 2021, Ukrgazvydobuvannia reduced its production of gas by 4.8% to 10.2 billion cubic meters compared to the same period last year. In order to stabilize production indicators, the company drilled 36 new wells, carried out 187 overhauls on existing wells, performed 458 coil tubing operations, 85 fracturing operations, and 9 side drilling operations.

Ukraine’s gas imports amounted to 22.3 mcm per day as of September 1st,

the Ukrainian Energy Exchange (UEEX) reports. Imports from the European direction came mainly from Hungary. The volume of domestic production came to an average of 54.46 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. As of September 2, 2021, Ukraine had 18.22 billion cubic meters of natural gas in its underground gas storage facilities Ukrtransgaz expects that more than 19 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be pumped into Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities before the heating season starts.

It costs $1 billion a year to operate Ukraine’s east-west gas transmission system

, Serhiy Makogon, head of the pipeline operating company, writes on Facebook. “The Ukrainian GTS is a very complex, powerful and unique infrastructure that requires significant funds for daily operation,” he writes. Without long-term transit contracts the system becomes economically unviable, he writes. The Russian contract expires in 2024. In the late 2020s, part of the system could be used to transport hydrogen to the EU.