U.S. Department of Energy sending expert delegation to Ukraine to assist in development of Winter Action Plan
The U.S. Department of Energy is sending an expert delegation to Ukraine to assist in the development of a Winter Action Plan.
"The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to Ukraine's energy security and is sending an expert delegation to Ukraine to assist in the development of a Winter Action Plan to address critical needs for the 2019-2020 winter season, as requested by President Zelensky's Administration," U.S. Embassy in Ukraine wrote on Facebook on September 10, 2019.
It is reported this team will help ensure that the Zelensky Administration and Government of Ukraine (GOU) is best equipped to ensure Ukraine is never again vulnerable to threats of supply disruption from Russia.
"The delegation will work side-by-side with Ukraine's experts to assess the interdependencies in the generation, transmission and distribution of energy across all sectors, and provide a framework to improve coordinated responses to energy shortages," reads the report.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič said negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission on Russian gas transit shipments via Ukraine after 2019 were slated for September 19.
UNIAN memo. The current 10-year gas transit contract between Ukraine and Gazprom was signed in 2009. Once it expires from 2020, the Russian monopoly plans to minimize gas transit through Ukraine.