Norway will help Ukraine in providing gas for the heating season
Tariffs for the population remain unchanged, stressed Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a Gov’t session.
“The Government has agreed to 605 heat energy producers the fixed volumes of gas for heating and hot water supply through the period August 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023. The tariff —UAH 7,42 – remains unchanged. This will enable us to ensure a stable supply of heat in the homes of our citizens in the winter,” the Prime Minister noted.
Denys Shmyhal emphasized that the issue of the energy sector and preparation for the heating season was a key priority for the Government team. As of late August, according to the PM, it was possible to accumulate 2 million tons of coal in storages: “This is almost three times more than by the corresponding date last year. Ukrainian mines work 24/7. We are forming all possible reserves.”
In addition, more than 1 billion cubic meters of gas were pumped over the last month. As the Prime Minister noted, as of the end of August, Ukraine reached an indicator of 13 billion cubic meters in underground storage facilities.
“We engage in active negotiations with our international partners to obtain funds for additional purchases of blue fuel. In particular, the Government of Norway plans to allocate at least EUR 200 million for appropriate support to Ukraine. Meanwhile, we are talking about the transfer of physical volumes of natural gas, and not only about funds for its purchase on European exchanges,” the Head of Government said.
Denys Shmyhal noted that the program of thermal modernization of buildings was also in effect in order to reduce the consumption of energy resources. Through the Energy Efficiency Fund, almost UAH 300 million was paid as compensation during martial law to those who modernize their homes and reduce consumption.