Ukrainian industrial consumers, government financed institutions, district heating companies and households used 4.43 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in February 2015, down 16% versus the previous year.

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 9% above the target set out in Government Decree 296 in February (compared to 13% above target in January).

In volume terms, these three categories used 2.46 bcm of gas in February versus the targeted 2.26 bcm. Households used 1.98 bcm in February, 20% down on the previous year. All data excludes Crimea.

The largest breaches of the targets established by Government Decree 296 were observed in Rivne (+156%), Cherkasy (+87%), Odesa (+28%) and Chernigiv (+28%) regions during February. During the same period seven regions consumed less gas than target and 10 regions were within 15% of the government benchmark.

In particular, Zhytomyr (-6%), Poltava (-4%), Kherson (-1%), Ternopil (-1%) and Volyn (-1%) came in below the desired benchmark. Donetsk (-22%) and Luhansk (-43%) regions consumed less gas than their allocated target (although the figures reflect data delays and disruption linked to the Anti-Terrorist Operation in these regions).

Industrial consumers were nearly 5% above target and district heating companies were 16% in excess. Government financed institutions used 19% less gas than target.

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.