Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers replaced the temporary acting heads of two Naftogaz Group companies: Ukrgasvydobuvannya, specialising in natural gas production and Ukrtransgaz, responsible for all underground gas storage facilities in the country.
Oleg Tolmachev, who headed the Naftogaz Exploration and Production division at Naftogaz Group, has been appointed as acting head of Ukrgasvydobuvannya. Whilst Roman Malyutin, who has over 20 years of experience in gas transportation and storage enterprises, has been appointed acting head of Ukrtransgaz.
“Roman Malyutin and Oleg Tolmachev are high-class specialists with significant experience in the oil and gas sector,” said the CEO of Naftogaz, Oleksiy Chernyshov. “They are well-versed in the latest international best practices, but at the same time they have worked extensively in Ukraine and understand the challenges that are currently facing us.”
Mr Tolmachev has more than 20 years of experience in the extraction of hydrocarbons in North America. He held senior positions at gas production companies in the US including bp America, Chesapeake Energy, EnCana Oil & Gas USA and Eclipse Resources and Montage Resources. He led high-tech projects focusing on the development of large fields in North America with deposits of gas and gas condensate. His responsibilities included increasing the economic efficiency of projects and managing multifunctional teams (geology, development, drilling, production, preparation and processing of hydrocarbons).
Mr Malyutin took office from the operator and engineer at the Kegychiv underground gas storage to the deputy chief engineer of the eastern region of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine. During the last year and a half, he headed the technical department of Ukrtransgaz, where he was responsible for the operation of compressor stations along with metrology and also led projects on the development of low-carbon technologies and the storage of hydrogen.