On 19 April, Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Naftogaz, and his team visited Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and other Department of Energy officials in Washington, D.C.
At the meeting, Mr. Kobolyev stressed the importance of an indiscriminate application of standard European regulations to all market participants operating in the Energy Community. The parties discussed ways of enforcing the standard legislation to remedy a number of long-standing noncompliance issues which hinder gas trade in Europe. The two sides have also noted risks posed by projects such as Russia's Nord Stream 2 to competition, stability of energy supply, and economic and energy security in Europe. Mr. Perry reaffirmed strong U.S. opposition to Nord Stream 2.
The U.S side noted the significant progress Ukraine has achieved in reforming Naftogaz and the Ukrainian gas market since 2014, but stressed the importance of keeping up the pace of reforms which the Ukrainian government has committed to undertake. In particular, the two delegations agreed that a timely delivery on the agreed plans of the gas market reform, Naftogaz corporate governance reform, and unbundling are critical for Ukraine's continued successful cooperation with international stakeholders.
Secretary Perry expressed interest in having the Department of Energy facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Ukrainian energy companies, specifically in upstream natural gas, natural gas transmission, and coal supply. In noting the importance of enhancing Ukraine’s energy security, the two sides also discussed the possibility of coal exports from the U.S. to Ukraine.
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine