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Ukraine transits gas between EU states for the first time

16 March 2020

A German energy trader ordered transmission of natural gas from Hungary to Slovakia via Ukraine, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU).

Like in the case of transit contract with Gazprom, gas metering for this operation is done in energy units, Press Service reported.

“The new short-haul transit service allows companies ordering transmission services to transmit gas between European countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and, in the future, Romania) via Ukraine. The launch of this service will boost gas trade between countries of Eastern Europe and help additionally utilize the capacity of Ukraine’s gas transmission system, which after construction of Nord Stream 1 has been underutilized,” the report says.

GTSOU is also working on creating virtual points to simplify the work of adjacent operators and traders at interconnection points. Presently, consultations concerning creation of a single virtual point at the Ukrainian-Polish border are underway.

It is worth reminding that the new short-haul transit service has been available since 1 January 2020, and its public presentation to a broad range of potential clientele was held during the 2020 Ukrainian Energy Forum.


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