Ukrainian GTS is ready to pump biomethane into the grid next year

Climate change, green energy and prospects of utilizing renewable gases: experts from different countries outlined the future of the energy sector during the Seventh Ukrainian Gas Forum. The panel discussion “Biomethane. The future of the Eastern European gas market under climate change “was attended by Pawel Stanczak, Deputy General Director for Development and Transformation of Gas TSO of Ukraine.

What are the prospects for the development of biomethane production and when to expect qualitative changes?

Draft law №5464 “On Alternative Fuels”, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, gives a strong start to the reorientation of the country to the use of environmentally friendly fuels. This is an important step on Ukraine’s path to decarburization.

“It is important for Gas TSO of Ukraine that biomethane can be transported through the Ukrainian gas transmission system and potentially exported to EU countries, where it is in great demand. Prospects for the development of production and transportation of biomethane are now more available in the short term, in contrast to hydrogen. I can say that next year we could inject biomethane into the networks, provided that all the necessary technical and regulatory requirements are met. Due to the branching of the Ukrainian GTS, producers of this type of fuel will be able to connect to gas networks in most of Ukraine. We even have a preliminary application for connection to the network from one of the producers of biomethane. We are very interested in having as many of them as possible,” Pawel Stanczak said during his speech.

Biomethane can make a significant contribution to the decarburization of the economy by making renewable gases available for transport, industry and energy. There are examples in the EU where Gas TSOs purchase biomethane for their own needs, in order to decarbonize energy transportation activities.