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Date: 16 March 2023 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
Polish, Ukrainian Gas Operators Sign Memorandum of Cooperation
This is another major step in bringing Poland and Ukraine together in joint energy projects. Poland’s Gaz-System and the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) signed a memorandum of cooperation providing for increased gas pipeline capacity, aligned gas transmission systems in both Poland and Ukraine, and joint efforts to explore the possibilities for the transmission of biomethane and green hydrogen.
The agreement was signed during a conference in Warsaw. The signing of the memorandum is a symbolic conclusion of our long-term cooperation and also provides another means for Poland to demonstrate its support for Ukraine, according to both companies. A new field of cooperation will be clean energy. Working groups will be established to explore the possibilities for the transmission of biomethane and hydrogen. The two companies could take further formal actions thanks to recent gas reforms in Ukraine. According to Paweł Stańczak, CEO of GTSOU, “the operator meets all EU requirements and technical standards.” The deal provides grounds for further formal actions towards the integration of gas markets of Poland and Ukraine, also to boost energy security in a vital step for whole Europe. Gaz-System, which runs Poland’s major gas pipelines and owns an LNG terminal in Świnoujście, and GTSOU, a Ukrainian gas grid operator, are state-run companies. The memorandum is another chapter in the ever-growing gas cooperation between Poland and Ukraine. Poland’s gas and oil company PGNiG, which is now part of oil refiner Orlen, has been present in Ukraine for years now, cooperating with local gas companies. Poland is a crucial direction for gas imports to war-stricken Ukraine while Polish managers are a valuable asset for Ukrainian companies. When working for PGNiG some twenty years ago, he oversaw work to separate an independent natural gas transmission system operator. In 2017 he became manager in Ukrtransgaz and was appointed vice-president of Ukraine’s OGTSU. Last September, he was appointed CEO of the company.
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