Biomethane a ‘chance’ for decentralised energy system, says Ukraine’s gas operator representative

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Paweł Stanczak, an advisor to the EU representation of Ukraine’s Gas Transmission Operator (GTSOU), highlighted the value of biomethane production in a decentralised energy system during a recent event on Polish-Ukrainian energy relations.

“Biomethane is a chance to decentralise energy sources. In times of war, centralised energy production and distribution is not always able to cover the country’s needs. Development of the biomethane industry will allow to decentralise production, and therefore to survive difficult times caused, for instance, by war,” said Mr Stanczak.

The GTSOU representative also emphasised the benefits of Ukrainian alternative energy development for Poland. According to Mr Stanczak, Poland’s interest in the import of Ukrainian-made biomethane would contribute to a more active integration of the two countries’ gas transmission systems.

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Similarly, Ukraine’s ambitions to become a major player in the European hydrogen industry may encourage the use of currently unloaded parts of Poland’s gas transmission system to create new infrastructure connections between Ukraine and the EU.

During a separate meeting of the Ukrainian-Polish Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, the Ukrainian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk focused on the need to create firm natural gas transportation capacities on the Polish side, as well as to provide for the possibility of natural gas storage in Ukrainian underground facilities.

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