Ukraine's Energy Ministry, U.S., Canadian, EU experts to develop emergency response plan
The Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, together with international experts, has begun to develop a response plan for emergency situations which should help prevent the occurrence of emergencies during the implementation of the country's energy policy, head of the European integration department at the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry, Mykhailo Bno-Airiyan, wrote on his Facebook page.
"In July, we expect a large party of experts from the U.S., Canada and the EU, who will be writing the abovementioned plan," he wrote after the June 12 meeting with representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and the embassies of the United States and Canada in Ukraine.
Bno-Airiyan said that the response plan would consist of two documents: the winter action plan, which would outline the necessary steps and volumes of gas, coal and other energy resources for the heating season, and the sustainability plan.
"The latter document has a larger scope. It will contain a whole system of emergency response in the energy sector and will be designed for three to five years. This is something that exists in all developed countries, and which we need," the official said.
Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Voschevsky and Energy and Coal Industry Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn will be in charge of this process at the national level, he said.
Representatives of relevant ministries and departments will participate in staff training scheduled for September to prepare for the development of these documents, Bno-Airiyan said.