The European Commission considers the possibility of complete rejection from the natural gas and other hydrocarbons. Yury Vitrenko, the Executive Director of “Naftogaz-Ukraine” made such statement before the beginning of the trilateral gas negotiations on the political level of Ukraine, Russia and European Commission on the transit of the Russian gas after 2019 as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“One of the scenarios considered by the European Commission, which should be recognized, is the complete refusal of Europe to use the natural gas in ten years and it is soon for gas industry,” Vitrenko said.
“If Europe wants to show the leadership (in the sphere of the decrease of the emissions due to the climate change, - 112 Ukraine) and compensate the things, which others will not do then Europe need to decrease the use of the gas and other hydrocarbons almost up to zero. They really said it,” he added.
According to “Naftogaz” representative, Europe’s refusal from gas in ten years “seems as fantastic scenario”. However, the European Commission gathered the experts and specialists “within trilateral meetings” to study this issue.
Vitrenko predicts that more than ten years will be needed for the switch of the industry and homeownerships to the alternative sources of energy.
Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1200 km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany passing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased than the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project in particular Poland and Lithuania.