The Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) joined the newly launched European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.
GTSOU General Director Sergey Makogon underlined how much it is important for Ukraine to be part of the initiative together with other European operators since the beginning. The GTSOU would benefit from all the opportunities of the Alliance, including a timely exchange of information and partnerships.
“We feel that the transportation of renewable gases both within Ukraine and to the EU […] will make a significant contribution to the implementation of the EU Green Deal and maintain Ukraine’s status as a reliable partner in the energy security,” said Mr Makogon.
The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance kicked off earlier in July. It aims at an ambitious deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030, bringing together renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production, demand in industry, mobility and other sectors and hydrogen transmission and distribution. With the alliance, the EU wants to build its global leadership in this domain, to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Demand for hydrogen will increase,” added Pavel Stanchak, Deputy General Director of the GTSOU. “The hydrogen economy is likely to start with local industrial clusters, which will be further scaled and integrated.”
He explained that the GTSOU is already studying the technological, regulatory and economic aspects of the transportation of renewable gases (which include hydrogen, biomethane and synthetic methane).
Ukraine will play an important role in the European energy infrastructure, especially considering the uncertainty of supplies after the expiration of the contract with Russia’s energy giant Gazprom.