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  • Energy Support Fund, situation at ZNPP and gas transit: meeting between German Galushchenko and Kadri Simson
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 13 February 2024 12:22

    Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko held a bilateral meeting with European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. The parties met in the framework of the International Energy Agency Ministerial Meeting, which is taking place in Paris.

    The Minister of Energy informed the European Commissioner about the intensification of enemy shelling of energy facilities in recent weeks. In this context, the parties discussed the needs of the energy sector for restoration work and strengthening the physical protection of energy facilities, including the installation of gabions.

    German Galushchenko thanked the European Commission for the latest grant for the Ukraine Energy Support Fund in the amount of EUR 58 million, of which EUR 46.4 million has already been received. A significant part of the contribution will be used to purchase gas turbines for the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System Operator.

    “We are grateful to our European partners for this support. The European Commission, with a total grant of EUR 63 million, is currently the second largest sponsor of the Fund, which is used to purchase the most necessary equipment that helps strengthen the resilience of the energy system,” said German Galushchenko.

    The Minister also emphasised the importance of the EUR 10 million grant allocated by the European Commission to support thermal generation.

    The parties also discussed nuclear and radiation safety in view of the difficult situation at the russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP. The Minister informed the European Commissioner about the threats posed by the lack of qualified personnel at the plant and the expiration of the lifetime of nuclear fuel in the ZNPP reactors.

    Special attention was paid to the integration of Ukrainian energy markets into the European ones. In particular, the parties discussed the issue of increasing the throughput capacity for the export of Ukrainian electricity. German Galushchenko expressed hope that the European Commission would support Ukraine and facilitate the adoption of the relevant decision by ENTSO-E.

    The parties also discussed cooperation in gas transit.

    Kadri Simson stressed that European countries were working to fill their gas storage facilities and diversify supplies. The EU is in no way pushing Ukraine to extend the gas transit contract with russia and will cope if the transit stops, she assured, recalling the implementation of the EU’s REPower plan until 2027, which envisages the displacement of russian gas from the European market, in particular by LNG.