A Law on the Development of Biomethane Production

by Anna Gayduk
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
A Law on the Development of Biomethane Production

The law makes the basement for biomethane export to EU countries

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the law on the development of biomethane production in Ukraine, passed by the parliament of Ukraine in the second reading on October 21. This was reported by the press service of the state agency for energy efficiency and energy saving of Ukraine.

The law lays the foundation for the production and development of biomethane in Ukraine, as well as its export to EU countries.

It is noted that the law stipulates:

  • introduction of appropriate terminology;
  • the possibility of verification of purified biogas (biomethane), the physical and chemical characteristics of which must meet the requirements of regulations on natural gas;
  • issuance of a guarantee of origin for the amount of biomethane produced;
  • introduction of a register of biomethane production and consumption.

"Development of a register of production and use of biomethane, as well as the cooperation with similar registers of EU countries, is a potential opportunity to sell to other countries biomethane, confirmed by a guarantee of origin," said the press service.

It is noted that the state agency for energy efficiency is already working on developing the procedure for the operation of the biomethane register.

Earlier it became known that the gas transportation system of Ukraine is ready to begin pumping biomethane to networks from next year. This was announced by Pavlo Stanchak, deputy general director for the development and transformation of the GTS Operator.

"Biomethane can be transported by the Ukrainian gas transportation system and potentially exported to EU countries, where it is in great demand," Stanchak said.

He noted that the possibility of pumping biomethane into the networks will appear next year, provided that all the necessary technical and regulatory requirements are met.

"Producers of this type of fuel will be able to connect to gas networks in most of Ukraine due to the branching of the Ukrainian GTS. We already have a preliminary application for connection to the network from one of the producers of biomethane," Stanchak said.

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