Why Gazprom loaded the Ukrainian gas transportation system to the maximum

On October 4, 2020, Russian Gazprom for the first time this year almost fully loaded the Ukrainian gas transmission system, pumping 174 million cubic meters. m of natural gas per day. Reported by Kommersant, referring to the data of LLC "Operator GTS of Ukraine".

According to European gas transmission operators, the Russians used the transportation through Ukraine only after they fully loaded the main gas pipelines Nord Stream (156 million cubic meters) and Yamal-Europe (89 million cubic meters) on that day.

It should be noted that 178 million cubic meters. m is the maximum daily volume of gas that Gazprom can pump through the Ukrainian territory in 2020 according to the agreement signed with NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in December 2019. In total, for 2020, Gazprom has booked transit capacities of 65 billion cubic meters. m of gas. In 2021-2014, it is planned to book 40 billion cubic meters. meters of gas annually (110 million cubic meters per day). However, if necessary, the Russians can buy additional capacity at auctions.

The increase in export supplies by Gazprom in October suggests that the gas giant hopes during the 2020-2021 heating season to compensate for the losses incurred in previous months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a decrease in demand and a drop in prices for energy raw materials.

For 9 months of this year, due to lower prices in Europe and low pumping rates, the margin of export deliveries through Ukraine was negative. But now, thanks to rising prices in Europe and the almost full use of contractual capacities, Gazprom's exports for the first time in 2020 showed positive dynamics.

Liquefied natural gas was Gazprom's main competitor. However, in September 2020, LNG supplies to Europe decreased by 12,5%. Traders switched to Asia, which offered higher prices.
  • Used photos: gazprom.com
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 October 2020 17: 56
    And next to it there are a bunch of articles everywhere that the Ukrainian GTS is kapets, Gazprom does not pump, etc.
    But it turns out that in 2021-2014 (14, ha-ha, a cunning plan out of where!), A kapets is planned for the gullible brains ...
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 6 October 2020 18: 13
      maybe the Europeans are in a hurry to fill the storage facilities until the "brothers" start stealing gas?)))
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 October 2020 18: 49
        Surely this too.
        1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
          Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 6 October 2020 18: 52
          although unlikely ...

          The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal officially announced that in the near future the Ukrainian authorities will reconsider the expediency of calculating cash payments to pensioners and disabled people, as well as cancel the benefits for paying for utilities for most of the country's low-income residents. According to senior officials, the innovation is explained by the catastrophic shortage of money in the state pension fund (PFU).
          Reducing subsidies is another "sore point" for Ukrainians. Today, about 10 thousand families throughout Ukraine have benefits for utility bills in the amount of 60 to 270 percent. In 2021, the number of such families will be reduced to 50 thousand, and in the future - to ten thousand.

          for whom to steal? what
          1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
            Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 October 2020 22: 30
            This is their business. We do not care about benefits, for example, in ... Honduras

            And about subsidies for housing in Vladivostok, Chechnya or the LPR, which is clearly more interesting, they almost never write (((
  2. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 6 October 2020 20: 54
    It looks like Gazprom has decided to completely destroy it with the peak negative and positive loads of the GTS.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 7 October 2020 01: 21
      In your words, there is a homespun truth. The most terrible loads are alternating signs.
      Will give our maximum load (gas supply), a lot of pressure is created (for an ancient and unrepaired GTS - in itself dangerous). Then the gas supply will be reset. And here the GTS operator must maintain a certain minimum allowable pressure. Can he? I doubt it. Firstly, the GTS is old. Secondly, some regional gas company will make an unauthorized selection of gas, which has been a national sport for them for 29 years. Do not feed the fat - let us steal aggressive Moskalsky gas. And the pipe, if in the ground, undergoes deformation from the pressure of the earth. If the pipe is on supports, then it sags, as it loses its rigidity without internal pressure (PET bottle: filled with water, air, or no cork at all, this is so, for example). This situation is fraught with the appearance and development of cracks in the pipe. And then the pipe explodes, like recently near Kiev.
      As a result, the EU realizes the unreliability of ukroGTS and looks more affectionately at SP2.