The increased domestic gas
production in Ukraine and the firm policy of energy efficiency will enable
us to secure energy independence of Ukraine and overcome
abuses in the gas sector. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman while opening a Government meeting on
Wednesday, May 11.
"Today the time has come when we
must root out any infringements in this area and to make Ukraine a truly energy
independent country. We should do two things: to
maximize gas extraction and the second point
is to pursue energy efficiency policy, which will allow
Ukraine to develop at the expense of its own energy resources", he said.
Volodymyr Groysman noted that the Government
had introduced a single market gas price recently, thus enabling
to boost gas production in Ukraine, which was
used to be destructed and to be a source of rampant corruption.
The Prime Minister stressed that the single
price for gas was being formed in accordance with its
price in the European market, "instead of under
a contract, in which one
could fix any price by hand and offer
it to people to pay".
The Prime Minister also noted that this
decision would be criticized by those, "who have
for decades been engaged in gas schemes and
had billion-dollar benefits from various schemes". Over the
independence years in Ukraine the sum worth 53
billion dollars has been transferred to compensate
difference in tariffs, the Prime Minister accentuated.
we have a bunch of people who possess enormous, huge resources and
funds, including those who were connected with gas deals,
various schemes, monopolies supplying
gas to Ukraine. Thereby, they in synergy were
destroying gas production in Ukraine", he