President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has created a workgroup to develop solutions to threats to Ukraine's energy security due to the construction of major gas pipelines bypassing this country. Respective decree has been released on the website of the head of the state.
The group will consist of head of President's Office Andriy Yermak, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, CEO of Naftogaz-Ukraine company Yuriy Vitrenko, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov and Justice Minister Denys Malyuska.
The group will need to offer solutions to prevent and minimize the negative consequences for the state due to the construction and launch of the Nord Stream 2.
Earlier, it was reported that the construction of the Russian gas pipeline was Nord Stream 2 was completed. The operator of the Nord Stream 2 project wants to put the gas pipeline into operation by the end of 2021.
Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to annually supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. According to the operator, this could provide 26 million households with natural gas.
The value of the Nord Stream 2 project is over 10 billion euros. The construction of the gas pipeline line was half financed by the Russian energy giant Gazprom, and half by five European companies - OMV, Wintershall Dea, Engie, Uniper and Shell.