The Government is working to increase its own gas production. This will enable, first and foremost, Ukrainians to pay less for heating. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk announced during a working trip to Poltava region.
The Prime Minister visited one of the gas wells of Ukrgazvydobuvannya to communicate with the staff of the gas well and to understand what hinders the development of the industry.
"Poltava region is one of the main oil and gas producing regions of Ukraine. More than 40% of gas and every fifth ton of oil and condensate extracts in Poltava region. However, this is not enough. Ukraine needs to manage the subsoil more effectively. Without `underbosses`and influence groups", Oleksiy Honcharuk stated.
The PM added that at the central level, the Government, in synergy with the State Geo Cadastre had already taken a number of steps for the development of the industry. In particular, they have simplified permitting procedures and implemented electronic auctions. 9 hydrocarbon subdivision agreements are currently being developed.
"We have launched an Investment Atlas of the subsoil user, in which 100 objects ready for use are mapped, including promising oil and gas facilities. In February, 12 electronic auctions on sites will start. It is important that we do not sell the mineral deposits, but only the permits for the use of the subsoil," Oleksiy Honcharuk emphasized.
A number of legislative changes to boost Ukrainian gas production had already been shaped, in particular, amendments to the Mining Law of Ukraine, Law of Ukraine on Oil and Gas and the Law on Production- Sharing Agreements, which Parliament should support.