Ukraine offers Germany partnership in reconstruction of natural gas transit system

Source: Press Office of the President of Ukraine

Today the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych offered Angela Merkel, the German Federal Chancellor, that Germany takes part in the reconstruction of Ukraine's gas transit system

"We see Germany as a future partner in the reconstruction of the Ukrainian GTS and I have put forward today the relevant proposal," said V. Yanukovych after meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. 

On her part, A. Merkel stated that Germany is ready to invest in the modernization of the Ukrainian gas market.
The gas consumers from the European Union have been concerned about the state of the Ukrainian gas transport system, which is currently in urgent need of modernization. On March 23, 2009, Ukraine and the European Union signed the Declaration on the modernization of Ukraine's gas transit system. The Declaration was also signed by the representatives of some of the European banks, giving impetus to the negotiations process on providing Ukraine loans to finance the modernization. 

The last meeting between the Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, held on June 15 this year, resulted in a mutual agreement that a joint plan on Ukraine's gas transit system modernization should be developed and presented in autumn 2010. 

Simultaneously, Ukraine is holding similar negotiations with Russia. Russia is also ready to invest funds into the project, but puts forward the merger of the oil and gas assets of the two countries into one company as a condition to finance the modernization of Ukraine's gas transit system. 

The gas transit system of Ukraine is the second largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Its overall length is 37.6 thousand kilometers. It includes gas main pipeline, gas service pipes, gas storage facilities, compressor stations and gas-measuring stations. The transit capacity is 288 billion cubic meters on the border with the Russian Federation, and 178.5 billion cubic meters on the borders with Poland, Romania, Belorus and Moldova, which includes 142.5 billion cubic meters with the EU.



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