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History

The Ukrainian gas industry has a long tradition, with the first gas pipeline being built in 1924.

 

In 1948 the first major pipeline (Dashava-Kyiv) was completed with a diameter of 500mm and working pressure of 5.5 MPa. The gas transportation system rapidly developed in the mid-1960s. After commissioning in 1967, the main gas pipeline "Dolina-Uzhgorod-State Frontier" began transporting Ukrainian (and subsequently, Russian) gas to Central and Western Europe. This was the beginning Ukraine’s role as one of the world’s leading gas largest transit countries.

 

Ukraine’s gas transport system is closely linked to the systems of neighboring countries including Russia, Belarus, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Slovakia. Through these neighbours Ukraine plays a key role in pan-European energy security.