one of the most powerful gas transmission systems and is among the main
countries transporting gas to Europe, though the project Nord Stream-2, as well
as a decision for the Gazprom to increase transit gas
via OPAL pipeline are considered to jeopardize not only the energy system of Ukraine
but also energy security of European countries.
This was emphasized
by Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion in his
statement at the forum "Energy Security for the Future: A New
Vision, Strategy, Innovation."
"I want to
stress that Ukraine is one of the most powerful gas transit countries. Ukraine
plays a strategic role in the transit gas deliveries to Europe. It is contained
in the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership, signed in
November 2016", stressed the Vice Prime Minister.
He reminded that
Ukraine has a powerful complex of underground gas storage facilities with the
total capacity of about 32 billion cubic meters.
of the gas transportation system with underground storage facilities enables to
accumulate gas reserves and use them efficiently if necessary", said Volodymyr
According to the
Vice Prime Minister, preservation and modernization of Ukrainian gas
transportation system is important not only for Ukraine but for European
countries as well.
“Ukraine wants to maintain and upgrade the
existing gas transport system. This is both in its national interests and in the
national interests of all European States – to provide a high level of energy
security. Therefore, we are eager to attract investors from Europe to retrofit
the gas transport system”, stressed the Vice Prime Minister.
At that Volodymyr
Kistion drew attention to the problems that need to
be addressed on the international level.
remains sensitive for Ukraine an issue of implementation of the project Nord
Stream-2 that is politically motivated and economically unjustified. Its essential goal and end result – to weaken Ukraine and
other countries of Central and Eastern Europe by destroying the Ukrainian
transit. It will obviously enhance the monopoly of Gazprom
and therefore reduce the energy security of both Ukraine and Europe", announced
He placed the
emphasis on the decision on the pipeline OPAL enabling Gazprom
to boost transit volumes.
"It is a
matter of concern the European Commission decision permitting
Gazprom to use a greater capacity of the OPAL pipeline thereby increasing the volume of
transit of natural gas through the Nord Stream bypassing Ukraine", said the
Vice Prime Minister.
Volodymyr Kistion made an appeal for solidarity and balanced
obligations under the Association Agreement, the Energy Community Treaty and
the Memorandum of Strategic Energy Partnership between Ukraine and the EU
provide for the formation of a new level of solidarity and mutual support, in
particular as regards the scope of critical energy infrastructure", concluded