Deputy Minister of Energy Yaroslav Demchenkov, during his business trip to Zakarpattia region, has been holding the meeting with State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic Peter Schvets. Parties have discussed future potential projects for energy recovery within the frames of previous agreements of the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Hermana Galushchenko and the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic Peter Dovgun.
First of all Yaroslav Demchenko expressed gratitude to Slovakia for its solidarity with Ukraine.
«The assistance provided to energy companies and communities, as well as support for the integration of Ukrainian energy markets with European ones, is invaluable. There is a strong export and import potential between our countries, and we are working to expand energy corridors and create infrastructure projects of common interest in both the electricity and gas sectors, including renewable gases», the Deputy Minister said.
The meeting also discussed the possibility of expanding the activity of Slovak business in the Zakarpattia region. In particular, it was about expanding the potential of wind power generation. The topic is important because since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, more than 200 companies from other regions of Ukraine have relocated to Zakarpattia. Accordingly, electricity consumption in the region is growing. Therefore, there is a need to focus on additional capacity, creating balancing systems, strengthening grids, implementing new infrastructure projects, and developing the production of equipment needed to accelerate the green transition.
Local government representatives who also participated in the meeting noted that communities in Zakarpattia region are already actively discussing plans to decentralise the energy system. Recently, one of the communities held public hearings, where the idea of creating a wind park to cover its own demand and export electricity was positively received. The potential of bioenergy is also being explored.
Separately, during the meeting, Yaroslav Demchenkov invited Slovak partners to store gas in Ukrainian gas storage facilities and jointly explore options for transporting hydrogen to European markets in the future.