What if Transit Will Be Stopped Tomorrow?

February 03, 2022

It will be necessary to meet two requirements for constant supplying of Ukrainian customers with natural gas, in case of the total stop of Russian gas transit.

The first is a sufficient quantity of gas in gas storages.

The second is the physical supply of gas from the countries of the European Union. Such need is related to the fact that quantity of gas being stored in Proletarsky gas-storage and own produce of gas abilities is not enough to fill gas pipelines (“Shebelinka–Dikanka–Kriviy-Rih–Izmail”, “Shebelinka–Dikanka–Odesa”, “Novopskov–Loskutovka”, “Kramatorsk–Mariupol”) involved in supplying of eastern and southern regions of Ukraine with gas.

That is why gas imported from western borders will be delivered to the so-called Bohorodchansky gas transportation hub. After that, gas is being transported via pipelines “Soyuz” and “Urenhoy–Pomari–Uzhorod” to compressor station “Bar” with further compressing to compressor station “Kremenchuk” and distributing via pipelines to central regions of Ukraine, such as “Elets–Kremenchuk–Kriviy-Rih”, “Kremenchuk–Kropivnitsky”, “Dikanka–Kremenchuk–Kriviy-Rih”.

Pipelines that run from the north to the west of our country will operate in a next way. Own produced gas will be delivered to the gas transportation system in case of work of compressor stations “Dikanka”, “Lubny”, “Yahotyn”. At the same time, “Solokha” and “Mrin” gas storages will stay in action. After that gas will be transported to the gas-counting station “Krasilyv” for further consumption in western regions, where receiving of gas from gas producing companies and gas storage will also take place.

Taking into account the current state of the state storages and regime of import from the European countries there is no reason to be concerned.

At the same time, from the point of view of keeping of transport role of our country, the scenario of stopped transit is a great challenge because in case of absence of alternative origins for loading of gas transportation system we will have to cut off 39 compressor stations and to decommission more than 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with diameter from 500 to 1,400 mm.

Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"