The Co-Chair of the OPPOSITION BLOC, the Prime Minister of the Opposition Government, Borys Kolesnikov, said this during his working visit to Poltava Oblast, where he visited the Machukh gas treatment unit DTEK “Oil&Gas”.
According to him, 50 years ago, Ukraine produced three times more gas than today. “60 billion cubic meters supplied to the entire Soviet system of gas pipelines. Today, Ukraine produces 20 billion cubic meters. In case of growing by 20% per year, then in 5 years it is possible to become a net exporter of gas, covering all domestic needs. To achieve this result guarantees are necessary for investors. The more reliable the guarantees of investors, the sooner Ukraine will become non-volatile,” the opposition politician said.
“It is necessary to guarantee the rights of the investor and create conditions for gas producers to invest in new wells. License auction is required, and the sooner the better. All investors stopped waiting for the auction. If the power call itself pro-European, it should open the auctions,” Borys Kolesnikov emphasized.
According to him, Ukraine ranks first in Europe in terms of energy consumption and per capita GDP. “Therefore, it is necessary to modernize the housing stock. This will save from 50% to 65% of energy costs. All countries that were part of the Soviet Union have long done it. In case of applying this experience, our people will pay 2-2.5 times less,” the opposition prime minister said.
According to him, it is important the payment for utilities to be no more than 15% in the salaries of Ukrainians, rather than how much gas costs. “The main thing is the growth of incomes of citizens of Ukraine. In the USA and Great Britain, the population spends on average 10-12% on products, and 15% on utilities. The rest is left to life. Then people will be calm, satisfied and will leave a lot of money for education, education of their children and creation of a successful future for every Ukrainian family. There must be only the growth of productivity along with the growth of salaries,” Borys Kolesnikov concluded.