Ukrainian industrial consumers, government financed institutions, district heating companies and households used 1.9 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas during the first ten days of January 2015. Government Decree 296 (dated 9 July 2014) aims to reduce gas usage among industrial consumers, government financed institutions and district heating companies. Gas usage among these three major categories was 23.7% above the target set out in Government Decree 296 for the first 10 days of January (compared to 25.6% above target for December 2014 overall). In volume terms, these three categories used 1.01 bcm of gas in the first 10 days of January versus the targeted 819.1 million cubic meters. Households used 914.5 million cubic meters in the first ten days of January.


 

The largest breaches of the targets established by Government Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (+ 163%), Cherkasy (+ 83%) and Ternopil (+ 57%) regions during the first ten days of January. During the same period ten regions consumed less than target or were within 15% of the government benchmark. In particular, Zakarpatskiy (-24%), Zhytomyr (-6%), Sumy (-3%) and Luhansk (-42%) regions consumed less gas than their allocated target (although the figure for Luhansk reflects data delays and disruption linked to the Anti-Terrorist Operation in this region).

Industrial consumers continue to exceed their targets (+ 27%), as is the case with district heating companies (+ 26%). Government financed institutions used 23% less gas than target. Households used 14% more gas in the first ten days of 2015 than in the corresponding period last year.

Government Decree 296 targets natural gas usage of 70-90% of the previous year’s levels for industrial consumers, government financed institutions and district heating companies. The Decree does not set any targets for natural gas consumption by households.