Ukraine is seeking energy independence through increasing the production of its own oil, gas, and electricity, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting with the top managers of Italy's Eni and France's Electricite de France (EDF).
"Ukraine is a state that currently has great and ambitious plans to increase energy independence and gas and oil production," the Ukrainian presidential press service quoted Yanukovych as saying on Wednesday. Yanukovych said he was sure that Ukraine's cooperation with Eni and EDF will be productive. "Our potential combined with your potential will be a very exciting project, which will be able to work effectively," Yanukovych said. Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni said his company is actively involved in developing production of traditional and nontraditional energy resources in Ukraine. Eni is also working together with Naftogaz on rehabilitating wells that were earlier disabled. Scaroni reaffirmed Eni's willingness to work in Ukraine to develop its energy sector. "We are contributing to hydrocarbon production in your country. I'd like to reaffirm our intention to invest in Ukraine and help it with the development hydrocarbon production in its territory," he said. In turn, EDF CEO Henri Proglio said that his company has been working a lot on the development of its investment projects in Ukraine. No also praised the prospects of cooperation between Ukraine and EDF in nuclear energy. "We also intend to focus on this segment. We are open to the extension of our cooperation if Ukraine also wants to do this. We are also planning to develop our cooperation in the sphere of energy distribution and also would like to reaffirm our readiness for the development of cooperation in technologic areas in the spheres of energy and gas as well as invest in Ukraine with the aim of creation of new workplaces," he said. The president's press service said that, during the meeting, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky and EDF CEO Henri Proglio signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the spheres of gas and electricity.