Nord Stream -2 Gas Pipeline Project will bring isolation to the Central European countries and leave them in the domain of the Russian gas monopoly. On the other hand, Ukraine appeals that a comprehensive analysis of synchronization process of the Baltic countries would be performed in the whole for the region of the Central Europe, including Ukraine. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Ukraine, remain the part of the energy system connected to Russia.
‘One cannot develop industry, create new jobs and build up an economic system of a country under a permanent risk factor in the form of hybrid war on the part of Russia, ’ the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee for Fuel & Energy Complex Oleksandr Dombrovskyi said. ‘Don’t isolate Ukraine from the European energy market!’, this was the message proclaimed by the Ukrainian delegation in the European Parliament on the occasion of the Ukraine’s Energy Day in Brussels.
On Tuesday, July 10th, the presentation on the status of energy reform in Ukraine was delivered in the European Parliament. Oleksandr Dombrovskyi, the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada’s Committee for Fuel & Energy Complex, spoke on the implementation status of the EC regulations in the legal system of Ukraine and on the strategic directions of the energy sector reform.
‘Ukrainian energy sector has the biggest energy potential in Central Europe – 55.4 GW of installed capacity. The European largest power plant is in Ukraine. Almost 56 percent of electricity in Ukraine is generated by nuclear power plants. Ukraine can also store about 31 billion cubic meters of gas. Ukraine urges to start joint work on establishing an energy hub in Central Europe,’ Oleksandr Dombrovskyi emphasized in his speech and continued ‘Energy sector of Ukraine plays a central part in the energy security of Central Europe, and we are capable of building an energy hub together with Poland and the Baltic countries that will serve as counterbalance to the dictate of Russia’s energy monopoly’.
That is why Ukraine carries out a three years’ full-synchronization program. The first stage of this process is project ‘EC-Ukraine: Energy Bridge’. ‘The project’s matter is that there is a 750 kV transboundary overhead transmission line between Poland and Ukraine which has not been in operation for 24 years now. The line was shut down when Poland synchronized its grid with the European Union, while Ukraine stayed within the Russian system. 750 kV transmission line (Khmelnytskyi NPP- Rzeszow) is an energy asset having cost value and strategic importance for the energy security of Central European region. Today, the 750 kV transmission line is a symbol of isolation of Ukraine’s access to the energy market of the European Union. Let us reverse the situation and turn this line into a symbol of the energy cooperation Ukraine has been calling for for several years,’ Oleksandr Dombrovskyi urged. He said that the bid for implementation of the project ‘EC-Ukraine ‘Energy bridge’ on the Public–Private Partnetship basis will be announced this summer. ‘We invite investors for implementation of the project , energy sector of Ukraine is an attractive investment sphere’, he emphasized.
In turn, President of Energoatom Yurii Nedashkovskyi while elaborating on the technical and economic aspects of the projects stressed, ‘ Using export electric interconnection of Poland funded by the EC and hybrid electric grid of Lithuania, Russia is poised to become a key player on the region from 2019. Timely implementation of the pilot project ‘EC-Ukraine ‘Energy bridge’ is an only opportunity for the European Union to oppose the ambitious plans of the Russian Federation and make an opportunity for Ukraine to use its energy capacity’
‘Ukraine is the first state that has been living through the challenges of the hybrid war, including those in the energy sector. This experience is a painful lesson for all members of the European community, the experience, on which we have to learn and formulate directions of the European energy policy. Nord Stream 2 shall not result in isolation of Ukraine and Poland, since that project is against the energy solidarity idea, which underlies the European policy of energy security’, Michal Boni, EP deputy from Poland summarized.
Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the energy sector, industry experts, as well as representatives of the European Commission and European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENSO-E), took part in the meeting at the European Parliament.