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Ukraine and Energy Community to strengthen cooperation

The Ukrainian government and the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on increased cooperation in rebuilding Ukraine’s energy sector, the Secretariat announced on Friday (17 March).

The new agreement was inked during a recent visit by the Director of the Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski and Deputy Director, Dirk Buschle to Ukraine last week (14-16 March).

The agreement extends the remit of cooperation to the European Community’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) as the key planning instrument for both reconstruction and the development of a green post-war economy, the renaissance of the renewable energy sector in Ukraine, development of infrastructure under the TEN-E process and the facilitation of legal claims against Russia for energy sector damages.

During the visit, Director Lorkowski discussed with Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal steps to further integrate the energy markets of Ukraine and the EU under the Energy Community Treaty as well as the state of play of unbundling of the transmission system operators. 

Director Lorkowski also presented the state of implementation of the Energy Community Treaty to the members of Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). The ECS Director emphasised that the energy market model successfully implemented by Ukraine in cooperation with the Secretariat has proved its resilience under the extraordinary circumstances of Russia’s war. Competitive energy markets aligned with the EU governance model are key for the post-war rebuilding process, the Energy Community said.

On 16 March, Mr Lorkowski met with the CEO of the state-owned Naftogaz Group, Oleksiy Chernyshov. Naftogaz CEO emphasised that Ukraine’s underground gas storage (UGS) facilities are the largest in Europe and their resources can become a pillar of support for the EU’s energy security. On that note, Mr Chernyshov asked the ECS representatives to help in promoting Ukrainian UGS facilities in Europe.

“Ukraine, being one of the contracting parties to the Energy Community, highly appreciates your support and assistance. We would also be very thankful if the ESC could use its mechanisms to promote the use of Ukrainian underground gas storage facilities by market participants. In particular, through raising awareness of future gas suppliers within the Gas Procurement Platform,” Oleksiy Chernyshov said.

Ukraine’s Territories and Infrastructure Development Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov and the ECS Director also signed a separate MoU on the coordination of activities in the area of humanitarian aid for the district heating, water supply and buildings sector. A project agreement funded under the Ukraine Energy Support Fund by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office for the rehabilitation of the gas compressor station Bar was signed by the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOUA).

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