• Ukraine owns Europe's most powerful network of underground gas storage facilities (UGS). Total active capacity of UGS facilities located in territories controlled by the Ukrainian government exceeds 30 bcm (a quarter of the EU's capacity).

    Ukrtransgaz operates 12 underground storage facilities in mainland Ukraine. Meanwhile, Krasnopopivske UGS facility with capacity of 0.4 bcm is located in the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Luhansk region. Another gas storage facility with capacity of about 1 bcm and operated by Chornomornaftogaz is located in the occupied Crimea.

    Ukrtransgaz provides storage services in the UGS both to suppliers and consumers of gas. Daily operational information about storage facilities of Ukraine can be found on the transparency platform utg.ua/live, which was launched in 2015.

    Similar data is also published on the European transparency platform AGSI+ (https://transparency.gie.eu/).

    Due to the large total capacity of the UGS, Ukraine has almost 15 bcm of spare capacity that could be offered to European consumers. The largest storage facilities are located at the western border of Ukraine, at the crossroads of key gas pipelines that combine GTS of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The major share of gas transit from Russia also passes this gas transportation routes.

    Ukraine proposed to use this powerful gas transmission and storage infrastructure as the foundation for Eastern European gas hub. This project is being discussed with stakeholders, including the Polish GTS operator under the signed in 2014 memorandum of cooperation.

    Ukrainian underground gas storage system currently is the largest in size and offers the lowest tariffs for gas storage in Europe.

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