Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yaroslav Demchenkov met with the governmental delegation of the Czech Republic consisting of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Ukraine Radek Matula, Government Commissioner for Ukraine reconstruction at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Tomáš Kopečny and National Security Adviser at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic Tomáš Pojar.
Yaroslav Demchenkov briefed the Czech representatives on the current situation in the Ukrainian energy sector, as well as the progress of repair and restoration works in preparation for the next heating season.
The Deputy Minister thanked the Czech Republic for its assistance to the Ukrainian energy sector and emphasized on the current needs of energy companies. Ukraine has already received 12 cargoes of humanitarian aid from the Czech Republic weighing about 45 tonnes, including current transformers, voltage transformers, passenger cars, and other equipment and supplies necessary for restoration work at the facilities that were subjected to russian attacks.
The parties paid particular attention to deepening cooperation in the renewable and nuclear energy sectors. The Czech side confirmed its interest in implementing projects related to the restoration and development of the Ukrainian energy sector, in particular in the field of wind and solar energy. The participants considered the preparation of a memorandum between the two countries, which would be a signal for business and private capital to participate in relevant joint projects.
The two sides also confirmed their mutual interest in developing cooperation in the hydrogen sector. In particular, they discussed joint studies of the gas transmission network corridor of Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the transportation of hydrogen, its use for industry and other consumers in these countries and, in the future, Germany.
The parties also focused on the prospects of cooperation in the nuclear industry and international cooperation to ensure nuclear and radiation safety. On behalf of Energy Minister German Galushchenko, Yaroslav Demchenkov thanked the Czech Republic, which co-chairs the Presidential Formula for Peace: Radiation and Nuclear Safety working group, for the fruitful work and expressed confidence in further constructive cooperation in this area.