Polish and Ukrainian gas TSOs plot future cooperation, hydrogen and biomethane included
Polish and Ukrainian gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have discussed their future cooperation and issues related to natural gas transmission infrastructure in order to enhance energy security in the region.
On 15 March, Poland’s GAZ-SYSTEM and the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) attended the “Polish-Ukrainian Partnership to Build Future Energy Security” conference in Warsaw where they discussed how to develop cooperation between the two countries at present and in the future to build energy security and in the field on new energy sources.
The topics of future cooperation between the two companies in the area of hydrogen and biomethane were also raised.
The representatives of Polish and Ukrainian companies responsible for the transmission of natural gas, oil and electricity as well as generation of nuclear energy took part in the discussions.
In the context of the natural gas segment, possible measures were discussed to further develop an integrated natural gas market and, inter alia, to decarbonise the transmission infrastructure managed by GAZ-SYSTEM and GTSOU.
“GAZ-SYSTEM, hand in hand with GTSOU – the operator of the gas transmission network in Ukraine, have been actively cooperating for many years to stimulate cross-border exchange between Poland and Ukraine. After the supply of Russian gas through Ukraine was stopped, we took steps to launch continuous gas transmission towards Ukraine and to date we have been providing capacity according to the requirements and capabilities of our transmission system”, said Marcin Chludziński, President of GAZ-SYSTEM.
“We support our partner on the EU forum and exchange our experiences. We are looking ahead and want to work together to build a strong natural gas, biomethane and hydrogen market in the region which could also serve the needs of other countries with which we have interconnections.“
GAZ-SYSTEM operates an LNG terminal in the port of Świnoujście which recently received LNG delivered by the first LNG carrier built for exclusive use by ORLEN Group – the Lech Kaczyński.
The operator has also launched a non-binding market screening procedure to identify the demand for additional regasification capacity of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in the Gulf of Gdańsk area.