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Ukraine loses gas transit to Romania over Russia's pipe

After the launch of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, transit to Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria was fully switched to new gas pipelines, reducing transit through Ukraine

Ukraine loses gas transit to Romania over Russia's pipe

Kiev, April 6 - Neftegaz.RU. Ukraine from April 1 will no longer transmit gas to Romania since the required volumes are now being supplied via Russia's TurkStream 2 gas pipeline, says the chief of Ukraine's GTS operator, Ukrainian Unian reported.

CEO of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) Serhiy Makogon wrote on Facebook on April 4:
  • From April 1, gas supplies to Romania are fully provided by Bulgaria through TurkStream 2
  • Now, southward transit via Ukraine is carried out only for Moldovan consumers
Makogon recalled that Russia's Gazprom is gradually reducing the volumes of gas transit via Ukraine.
Thus, following the launch of Turkish Stream 1 and 2, Ukraine's GTS has lost all positions in transmitting gas to Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria.

Makogon said:
  • If the extension of TurkStream through Bulgaria and Serbia is completed, Gazprom will transfer gas transit to Hungary, also via TurkStream 2
  • For Ukraine, this means extra losses of 10-12 billion m3 in transit annually
He also stressed the importance of preventing the completion of Nord Stream-2 construction.
In addition to transit revenue losses, gas transit is an important element of Ukraine's energy and military security.

Turkish Stream is a gas pipeline running along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Krasnodar to Turkey, bypassing Ukraine.
The capacity of each branch is 15.75 billion m3 of gas per year, which completely replaces the southern route of the Ukrainian GTS (30 bcm a year).

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