In 2021, Ukrainian consumers reduced gas consumption by almost 7%, to 26.8 billion cubic meters.
"In 2021, the actual consumption of natural gas amounted to 26.8 billion cubic meters—6.6% lower than in 2020," the company GTS Operator of Ukraine reported.
The consumption structure by the main categories of consumers is as follows.
The needs of the population in 2021 increased by almost 5% compared to 2020, to 8.6 billion cubic meters of gas. This is 31.9% of the total volume consumed.
Thermal energy producers burned 6.3 billion cubic meters, reducing consumption by 24%. This is 23.5% of the total volume consumed.
Industry, state-funded organizations and other non-domestic consumers used 11.9 billion cubic meters of gas. This is almost 3% less than in 2020 and amounted to 44.6% of the total gas consumed.
According to Ukrtransgaz, the filling of underground storage facilities (UGSFs) was stopped on October 4, 2021. Before the start of the heating season 2021-2022 UGS facilities contained 19 billion cubic meters of gas.
Context. Ukraine increased the gross consumption of natural gas in 2020 by 5.5% (by 1.55 billion cubic meters) compared to 2019—to 29.84 billion cubic meters. At the same time, the use of gas by household consumers (population) in 2020 amounted to 8.17 billion cubic meters, which is 1.9% less in annual terms.