Living without Russian gas: Hard, but possible

Since Russia’s Gazprom cut the gas supplies to Ukraine on June 16, the government has been intensively looking for the energy model which would be based on full independence from Russian blue fuel. Energy experts thinks Ukraine may succeed in this.

Simon Pirani, research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, sees that 32 billion cubic metres of Ukraine’s consumption could be accommodated by domestic production, which stood at 20 billion cubic metres last year. A further 14 billion cubic metres can come through a reverse flow from the European Union, while energy efficiency could contribute by cutting the consumption by as much as three billion cubic metres.

Doing the maths, this should cover country’s annual needs in natural gas.

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