The Working Group
which the Government of Ukraine authorized to hold preliminary consultations
with international operators of main gas transmission systems, those being interested
to participate in the management of the gas transmission system of Ukraine, had
their first meeting.
considered first proposals submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Coal
Industry of Ukraine by international partners among which are Belgium, France,
Holland, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Greece and Germany.
"These are 7
companies, two of which represent well known gas consortia in Europe. It
was decided on February 21-22 to hold first interviews. In
the meantime, till March 1, 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Coal is open for proposals
submitted from other companies, that, for some reason, failed to submit them by
February 1," said Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Chairman of the Working
Group, Volodymyr Kistion.
According to him,
following the talks the Working Group shall form proposals to the terms of the
competition and submit them for consideration by the Government and the Verkhovna Rada aimed to conduct a
transparent search of a reliable international partner for MHU PJSC capable of
providing a guarantee to load the Ukrainian pipeline to the maximum.
As was reported
earlier the Working Group was set up by the Government of Ukraine in December,
2017, with Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion as Chair. Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of
Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk is his
deputy of the Working Group, Oleksandr Linichenko, Director of the Oil and Gas Complex Department
within the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry - the secretary of the group.
Dombrovskyi, Acting Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, Tatiana Ryabukha, Director of the Department for Regulation in the
Oil and Gas Sector of the National Energy and Utilities Commission, Clare Spottiswoode, Chairman of Naftogaz
of Ukraine Supervisory Board, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt,
Director, Internal Energy Market, DG ENER, European Commission, Janez Kopacz, Director of the
Energy Community Secretariat, Anya Brunson, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Ukraine
take part in drafting of proposals and recommendations for conducting a
competition for the selection of international partners of the Ukrainian gas
Group also includes Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Prokopiv, State Secretary of
the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Oleksii Perevezentsev, Deputy
State Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Serhii
Kushnir, Acting Chairman of the Board of Main Gas
Pipelines of Ukraine Valery Nozdrin, Head of Office
of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Konstantin Maryevich,
advisers to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister Adomas Auditskas and Eduard Terpitsky, as well as the consultant on restructuring of Naftogaz of Ukraine Alessandro Bertollini.