Orders for blue fuel on the Ukrainian-Polish border exceed the capacity of Ukrainian gas lines. The Ukrainian operator had to reject some orders.
“Traders’ orders for the transport of gas from Ukraine to the EU at the virtual Ukraine-Poland interconnection point are currently greater than the guaranteed capacity of the transmission system.. The company was forced to limit orders in the short-haul system (gas exports for short distances – ed.) – reads the announcement of the company Gas Transport System Operator of Ukraine (OGTSU).
Ukraine, faced with a significant reduction in gas transit from Russia, is looking for new ways to use its gas pipelines (GTS). Therefore, from January 1, 2020, it offers the short haul service – the transmission of raw material over short distances.
This is the service that can be most easily interrupted or limited. But also the short haul tariff is the lowest – 2-3 times lower than when ordering guaranteed capacity. Hence the large number of orders. A feature of short-distance services is the risk that customers may not receive all the ordered raw material. In this case, the service is payable only for the actual amount of gas delivered. Such a situation has just arisen.
The company informs that with the guaranteed capacity of the exit point, 12.9 million cubic meters. per day, orders on a guaranteed basis amounted to 11.1 million cubic meters. Additionally about 120,000 orders are ordered daily on the auction platform m six. gas. At the same time, short haul orders reached 3 million cubic meterswhich is related to the drop in temperature in Europe in recent days. And hence an increase in gas demand. Therefore, the Ukrainian operator proportionally limited short-distance transmission to about 1.7 million cubic meters, reports the Unian agency.
OGTSU emphasizes that the presence of virtual points at all borders is in the interest of the entire Eastern European market; and the current situation shows that there will be a demand for them.
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