Naftogaz, Ukraine’s largest national oil and gas company, is working on development programmes to increase the use of biogas.
The company’s CEO, Yuriy Vitrenko, made the announcement at the 7th Ukrainian Gas Forum.
“In the near future, we need to present national programmes that will significantly increase the production of biogas and, in particular, biomethane,” said Vitrenko. “I know that the government and the President of Ukraine attach great importance to this issue.”
Vitrenko added that currently, the use of biogas and biomass for heating is ‘constrained’, especially by the statutory discount for consumers on heat produced from bioresources compared to the price of heat produced from gas. Therefore, it reduces its attractiveness to investors.
“This deviation should be taken into account, fair competition should be put in place, and the use of biomass for district heating should be stimulated instead,” he added.
“Naftogaz is a gas company. This means that we will deal with both biogas and hydrogen because hydrogen is also a gas. Everything gas-related is our business.”