The core objective for the Government is to find such a partner for PJSC
Mahistralni Hazoprovody Ukrainy, which together with government officials will
ensure a high level of trust in Europe to the Ukrainian gas transmission system
(GTS) and underground gas storage facilities (UGS). This was announced by Vice
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion during a public hearing of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Fuel
and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.
According to him, the said step will enable a large number of European
suppliers to buy Russian gas in the east of Ukraine without any restrictions
and to pay for the services of the Ukrainian operators of the gas transmission
system and underground gas storage facilities for the transportation and
storage of gas that are operating in compliance with clear and familiar for EU
representatives transport network codes and gas market rules.
"Ukraine faces serious challenges, in particular, construction of
bypass gas pipelines, myths about the unreliability of the Ukrainian pipe and
unwillingness to ensure stable transit after 2019 that have a direct impact on
the future of our strategic asset - the national gas transmission system.
Therefore, the search for a reliable partner for PJSC MHU, the implementation
of European energy legislation and the creation of an international gas hub are
more than priority tasks", the Vice Prime Minister underscored.
stressed main requirements for the international partner are ensuring the
loading of the GTS and UGS of Ukraine and in the long run, promoting the
formation of a gas hub and integration into the European network.
"We held preliminary consultations with potential partners for PJSC
MHU. On the basis of this, we will form proposals to the competition, but
approval of the results of the competition and
adoption of a final decision on the selection of one or more partners
lay with the Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine ", the Vice Prime Minister summed up.
It should be noted that 10 international companies such as Eustream and Snam, the Gazunie and GRTgaz, GAZsystem, Desfa, Reganosa, Verbunddelz Gaz AG, Fluxys, Transgaz have sent their proposals regarding cooperation
with PJSC MHU.
A specially established working group conducted preliminary
consultations with international operators of main gas transmission systems, on
the basis of which proposals will be formulated to the terms of the
competition. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine should approve the said
proposals with a view to further transparent search of a reliable international
partner for PJSC Mahistralni Hazoprovody