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Ukraine to cut gas consumption by 6% in 2015

Staff writer ▼ | April 17, 2015
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that his country will reduce natural gas consumption by 6.1 percent this year to 40 billion cubic meters.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Energy in Europe   Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk:
"Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption is a priority for the country," Yatsenyuk told a cabinet meeting.

Ukraine's gas consumption would decline this year as a result of the introduction of energy-saving technologies, use of alternative fuels and economic slowdown.

Last year, Ukraine reduced its gas consumption to 42.6 billion cubic meters from 50.4 billion cubic meters in 2013 due to the crisis in energy-intensive industries triggered by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland.

Ukraine last year produced over 21 billion cubic meters of gas to meet about half of its domestic demand. Imports from Russia covered 36.2 percent of the country's gas consumption in 2014, and 13 percent was purchased from the EU.