On September 19, 2019, Ukrtransgaz and Moldovagaz, found the necessary technical solutions for the new import needs based on the Trans-Balkan pipeline, mainly with the operators of the gas transportation network in the Czech Republic The main method is to diversify the route of gas supplies to Ukraine as part of the preparation for the winter-winter period 2019/2020.
As reported, Ukrtransgas tested the solution in May 2019.
In other news, Ukrtransgaz has finished upgrading five gas compressor stations to allow pumping gas from reservoirs in western Ukraine to supply eastern and southern Ukraine, the state gas transit company reports.
- This reverse mode of Ukraine’s gas pipeline is to be used if Russia shuts off all its gas shipments across Ukraine after the 10-year transit contract expires on Jan. 1, 2020.
- Ukraine has not bought gas directly from Russia in almost four years. But in a swap operation with Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary, Naftogaz draws down Russian gas its passes through Ukraine, later paying Western companies for the gas. Last year, Ukraine imported 10.6 billion cubic meters of gas, one-third of the nation’s consumption.