: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine intends to stop importing gas by 2020 – PM Groysman


The Ukrainian prime minister reaffirmed the government would continue its policy of developing own production and the eradicating corruption in the oil and gas sector through the elimination of shady schemes and ensuring publicity in oil and gas production.

In case of a successful implementation of the program to build its own gas production, Ukraine expects to become independent of gas imports by 2020, the Government press service reported citing Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman as saying as he visited production sites of Shebelinkagasvydobuvannya in Kharkiv region.

”For many years, especially in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010-2013, Ukrgasvydobuvannya, the state-owned enterprise, which was to produce state-owned gas and ensure the country`s energy independence has been on the brink of destruction. We have to stop this process,” Groysman said.

According to the prime minister, this year the government issued 14 exploration permits, while no such papers have been issued over the previous seven years. ”Today, exploration of the upper horizon of the Shebelynka gas field was launched. Experts are optimistic about the volume of gas reserves in this field,” said the head of government. ”Our goal is to build up domestic production by 7 billion cubic meters over the following five years. Instead of paying in foreign currency for gas imports, we should produce our own. This will significantly strengthen our position in energy independence and national security. It will make us competitive, and most importantly, we will be able to pass through the heating seasons efficiently.”

Groysman said that the government would continue its policy of developing own production and the eradicating corruption in the oil and gas sector through the elimination of shady schemes and ensuring publicity in oil and gas production. ”It is clear that those who have made hundreds of millions of dollars, billions, they are not happy with this. And there will be a lot of argument,” Groysman said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, today, September 9, Volodymyr Groysman during his visit to the state enterprise Shebelinkagazvydobuvannya launched an exploration well No.900 at Shebelinka gas condensate field, operated by a state-owned company Ukrgasvydobuvannya.

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