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KIEV, November 2. /TASS/. Ukraine’s underground gas storage has 17.1 bln cubic meters of gas, Ukrtransgaz said Monday.
"At the beginning of November the underground storage facilities of Ukraine have 17.1 bln cubic meters of natural gas," the company said.
Earlier the company stated they expected this exact volume of gas in the storage facilities by the beginning of November. "As of November 1 we expect gas reserves in underground storage facilities at the level of 17.1-17.2 bln cubic meters, which gives us confidence in successful passing of the winter heating season," Ukrtransgaz President Igor Prokopov said earlier. He also noted that "Ukraine's gas transport system is ready for the heating season."
According to the company, "this year underground gas storage facilities were replenished with 9.5 bln cubic meters of gas. In particular, 1.4 billion cubic meters of gas was pumped in October."
Energy Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchishin said earlier that Ukraine needs 19 bln cubic meters of gas for passing the winter season. At the same time, he noted that "unfortunately, it is almost impossible to gather 19 bln cubic meters of gas before the year is impossible, despite the money from the EBRD (the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)."
Demchishin was confident that Ukraine would be able to bring gas supplies up to a maximum of 17.2 bln cubic meters due to the country’s increased consumption. The Minister said that power consumption in the country has already exceeded the planned targets. In order to pass the winter season, Ukraine needs at least 28 bln cubic meters of gas.
Slovakia exported 390 mln cubic meters of natural gas to Ukraine in October, according to data of Slovak gas transportation system operator Eustream released on Monday.
Ukraine imported 794.9 mln cubic meters from Slovakia and just 18 mln cubic meters from Hungary in September.
Lowered reverse from Europe is connected with resumed gas deliveries from Russia, which totaled about 2 bln cubic meters in October.
Ukraine halted Russian gas tapping and automatically suspended gas injection into underground storages late in October.