Even if low temperatures last we have sufficient gas reserves in underground storages until the end of the heating season. This was stressed by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion on air at Espreso.tv.
He noted that since the beginning of the autumn-winter heating season there had been used 22% of gas reserves from underground storage facilities.
"There is no Armageddon. Ukraine has had and still possesses sufficient amount of gas. Currently in underground storage facilities we have about 11.5 billion cubic meters of gas. At the beginning of the heating season Ukraine pumped 14.5 billion. As of January 8, we have used about 22% of the reserves pumped into our underground storage facilities," said Volodymyr Kistion.
The Vice Prime Minister told that the situation with gas supplies was monitored daily, and there existed a tendency to reduce gas consumption.
"Every day we analyze the situation with gas supply, with gas use, we have the perfect dynamics of reduction in gas consumption demonstrated directly by population, budget institutions and industry," said Volodymyr Kistion, adding that economy has been achieved through introducing energy-saving technologies, energy efficiency measures.
"Even if temperatures remain at the level of about below 10 degrees Celsius till the end of the heating period, according to the calculations we will have sufficient amount to satisfy the needs of gas in Ukraine – for the population, budget institutions and industry alike", emphasized the Vice Prime Minister.