BUDAPEST, August 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Reverse gas supplies to Ukraine from Hungary soared to 85 million cubic meters in the first 20 days of August from 63 million cubic meters in the same period in July, Hungary’s pipeline operator FGSZ said in a statement Friday.
In July, Ukraine received 101.3 million cubic meters of gas, or 3.8 million cubic meters daily on average. Hungary will boost pumping to 14 million cubic meters daily in the near future, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan said earlier.
Russia’s Gazprom halted supplies to Ukraine in June and Kiev switched to reverse gas supplies, or swap deals, with European countries. Hungary started reverse gas supplies to Ukraine in May, Slovakia in August and Poland in April.
Ukraine pumped 15.1 billion cubic meters of gas in its underground storages by August 8, while it has to have around 18.5 billion cubic meters to ensure flawless Russian gas transit to the EU in the winter, Gazprom said earlier.
The throughput capacity of the Ukrainian gas transportation is 288 billion cubic meters at the entrance and 178.5 billion cubic meters at the exit, including 142.5 billion cubic meters to European countries and 3.5 billion cubic meters to Moldova.
Ukraine’s gas transportation system consists of 72 compressor stations, 110 production shops and 1,451 gas distribution stations. The overall length of gas pipelines operated by the company is 38,600 kilometers, including 22,200 kilometers of trunk pipelines and 16,400 kilometers of extensions.