Natural Gas Metrology Centre in Ukraine inaugurated
Commissioner Piebalgs inaugurates the EU-funded Natural Gas Metrology Centre in Boyorka, Ukraine
Brussels, Belgium – EU Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, together with the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev, inaugurated 2006-12-21 the Natural Gas Metrology Centre in Boyarka, Ukraine, which has been given support from EU funds. The establishment of the Centre in Boyarka is the first EU-Ukraine effort towards ensuring a transparent system of gas transit to Europe.
"The Centre will be based on state-of-the-art European technologies and will underpin the gas trade between Russia, Ukraine and EU by increasing transparency, reliability and accuracy ", said Commissioner Piebalgs
The construction of the Metrology Centre has been co-financed by the European Commission and NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine" within the framework of the Interstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe Programme (INOGATE). It will provide unified standards for the determination of quality and estimation of natural gas flow transported from Russia to European countries in line with ISO international standards for quantity and quality metering.
It is envisaged that the Centre will be further developed into a Regional Metrological Centre for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova and be expanded to include the standardisation and evaluation of the quality of oil products and metering of oil and oil product flows. It is also intended that the Centre will eventually become the instrument for developing a safety and security monitoring system for the Ukraine hydrocarbon transit and supply network.
During his visit to Ukraine, Commissioner Piebalgs also discussed progress in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Memorandum of Understanding on energy with the Ukrainian Minister of Fuel and Energy, the Minister of Coal, the Head of the National Agency for the Effective Use of Energy Resources and the Head of State for the Nuclear Regulatory Committee of Ukraine. Commissioner Piebalgs also had the opportunity to visit and exchange views with the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Andrej Kluyev and the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, Mr Vitaly Hayduk.
Ukraine is a key transit country for hydrocarbon supplies to the EU, with 40% of the EU imports of natural gas transiting through the Ukraine network. As such, ensuring a safe, transparent and reliable transit system is of paramount importance both for the EU and Ukraine. Cooperation was reinforced in December 2005 with the signature of the EU-Ukraine Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy that included a roadmap to enhance the security of energy supplies and the transit of hydrocarbons. This committed the EU and Ukraine to work together to ensure a safe, transparent and reliable transit of gas within the region and to the European market.