Ukraine has more than doubled its gas imports from Europe to five million cubic metres a day as it reduces imports from Russia.
The figure is two and a half times more than the previous amount of two million cubic meters per day, according to Ukrtransgas, a Ukrainian gas transmission company.
The boosted gas supply from Europe could be linked to a contract between German utility RWE and Ukraine’s national oil and gas firm NJSC Naftogaz.
Reports claim the East European nation plans to import between five to seven billion cubic metres of natural gas from Europe this year and cut its import from Russia to 20 billion cubic metres – compared to as much as 33 billion cubic metres in 2012.
Russian gas supplies to Ukraine are believed to have plunged by 75% since 2011 and the amount of gas transported across Ukrainian territory also fell by 24.3% to 13.4 billion cubic metres.
With four pipelines now connecting Ukraine and Slovakia, it also plans to import gas through Slovakia and Romania.