Polish energy giant PGNiG eyes privatization deals in Ukraine

Poland’s gas and oil company PGNiG has a signed a confidentiality agreement to clear the way for its possible participation in the privatization of Ukraine’s energy sector, a website has reported.

Jerzy Kwieciński.

Jerzy Kwieciński.Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

The deal with the State Property Fund of Ukraine was signed in the presence of Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday.

It obligates PGNiG to keep confidential any sensitive information about Ukrainian state assets set aside for privatization, the energetyka24.com website reported.

CEO Jerzy Kwieciński was quoted as saying that the “possible participation of PGNiG in the privatization of the energy sector in Ukraine is an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between our countries and together build energy security in this part of Europe.”

Kwieciński added: “I am convinced that thanks to our experience and competence, we could become a valuable partner for the Ukrainian side.”

The Polish energy giant said on Monday it has signed an investment agreement with Energy Resources of Ukraine (ERU) „on a joint exploration and production project” in Ukraine.

The agreement “sets a general framework for cooperation and provides a schedule of further work on a project located near the Polish border in Ukraine,” according to a statement posted on the company’s website.

Poland’s PGNiG and Energy Resources of Ukraine (ERU) at the end of last year struck a deal to work together in drilling for and extracting gas from deposits that straddle the Polish-Ukrainian border.

The latest agreements come at a time when Poland is working intensely to reduce its dependence on Russia for gas.

Poland’s PGNiG said in November last year it would not renew a long-term deal on gas imports with Russia’s Gazprom when the contract expires at the end of 2022.

(gs/pk)

Source: energetyka24.compgnig.pl

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