The Parliamentary Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety adopted recommendations of the the hearings conducted under the title “Ukrainian GTS: Key Challenges and Criteria for Involving a Strategic Partner: The Role of Parliament in Legislative Support of the Process”, which were held in March at the initiative of MP Viktoriia Voitsitska of the Samopomich faction. She underlines, “The recommendations of the Committee are mandatory for consideration by all state authorities, government and private economic structures.” All the addressees of the recommendations should inform the Committee about the results of the consideration and the measures taken afterwards.”
“Why do we raise the issues of managing the gas transportation system of Ukraine at the hearings like these? First of all, the committee is interested in securing substantial volumes of gas transit, which should guarantee a stable income of 3-4 billion dollars annually. Secondly, the transit of Russia’s gas through our territory is our real protection and prevention of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine. Russia still hopes to “make friends” with heavyweights of EU using its gas for this purpose. We clearly understand that we will not be able to become more interesting than Russia for the European partners unless we manage to create a transparent and independent operator of Ukraine’s GTS – the one that will be guided by the European regulations,” explains Viktoriia Voitsitska.
The MP notes that the committee’s recommendations for the Cabinet and the Ministry of Energy are aimed at:
- The establishment of clear goals and tasks for the creation and launch of the work of GTS Operator in cooperation with the GTS Partner (presently the Cabinet and the Ministry have no adequate action plan or deadline);
- The establishment of clear and transparent selection criteria for the GTS Partner;
- Obtaining guarantees from the GTS Partner for the efficient operation of the GTS Operator of Ukraine (technological renewal, stabilization of transit volumes, increase of economic efficiency);
- Deciding on the operation scheme of the GTS Operator (with service providers and gas storage facilities, as proposed by the Ministry of Energy, or without them, as suggested by Naftogaz).
The recommendations to Naftogaz are as follows:
- To clarify whether or not there are any restrictions of the Stockholm Arbitration on transferring technical functions connected with ensuring the transit of Russian gas under the current contract with Gazprom from PJSC Ukrtransgaz to a new independent operator of the GTS? Or there are no restrictions like this in the arbitral decision, while all Naftogaz’s references to this are nothing more than bashing?
- To provide information on what risks and expenses the transfer of Ukrtransgaz’s property to the new GTS Operator will entail, and if such risks exist at all.
“In addition, we are asking the state structures to provide a number of systemized indicators of the industry for the Committee to fully understand the current state of the gas transportation system,” adds Viktoriia Voitsitska.
She concludes, “I emphasize once again: in the context of the termination of the existing transit contract with Gazprom in a year and a half and the full uncertainty of what is going to happen with our GTS, the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on fuel and energy issues, the Samopomich faction and I personally will do everything possible to find the best solution for us. We will not allow anyone to bring a full-scale war to our home.”