Monday, March 23, 2009

“EU-Ukraine: Partners for securing gas to Europe” Conference opens in Brussels

“EU-Ukraine: Partners for securing gas to Europe” International Investment Conference on the Modernization of Ukraine's Gas Transit System opened in Brussels.

From Ukraine participants of the conference were President Victor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Vice Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria, Minister for Fuel and Energy Yuriy Prodan, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Volodymyr Khandogiy, Deputy Chief of President’s Staff Andrii Goncharuk, President’s Commissioner on Energy Security Bohdan Sokolovsky.

The European delegation to the talks included President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, representatives from the EU countries, as well as delegates from the USA, Russia, Japan, Canada Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova and Belarus, representatives from European gas companies, international financial institutions, etc.

Ukrainian side presented the plan of actions in such fields as:

  • preservation of technical capabilities of pipelines and underground storages
  • implementation of modern, effective and ecologically friendly technologies of gas transportation and storage
  • implementation of modern methods in inspection of technical condition of Ukrainian gas transit system facilities and collecting real-time data on the amount and quality of pumped gas
  • bringing technical parameters of Ukrainian gas transit system into accordance with European standards