KIEV, September 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s natural gas transit to West European countries via Ukraine increased by 13.76 percent in the first eight months of the year, as compared to the same period of 2010, and almost reached 70 billion cubic metres, an official at the Ukrtransgaz’ control department said on Tuesday.
Ukrtransgaz is a gas transmission subsidiary of the Neftegaz Ukrainy, which is the operator of the national gas transportation network.
According to the official, about two billion cubic metres were transferred to the CIS countries.
In August 2011, the transit of natural gas via the country’s territory went up by roughly seven percent, as compared to the same month of 2010, and reached 6,325 billion cubic metres, the company’s official said.
The biggest part of the aforesaid amount of natural gas (6,153) was pumped to Europe.
In January-August 2011, gas transportation for Ukraine’ s consumers grew by 3.94 percent to 32.95 billion cubic metres, the Ukrtransgaz’ representative said.
In 2010, Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom delivered 36.47 billion cubic metres of gas to Ukraine. About 97.8 billion cubic metres of natural gas were transported via Ukraine, including 94.6 billion cubic metres of gas were transited to West Europe.