RGC has begun preparation of gas distribution networks in Vinnitsa, Khmelnytsky and Chernihiv regions for the biomethane usage. The total capacity of biomethane plants, for which entry points into the distribution system are prepared, constitutes about 50 million cubic meters of "green" gas per year.
DSOs working under the RGC brand in three regions received a proposal and technical specifications for the connection to gas distribution networks of four biomethane plants from the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABIO) .
«Access to the gas distribution system will allow biomethane plants to fully realize their potential. Our task is to ensure effective "green" gas quality control and guaranteed gas supply mechanism in the event of a theoretically possible biomethane supply disruptions. The innovations will in no way affect consumers», - said Stanislav Kazda, head of RGC strategic development department.
In Vinnytsia region DSO (distribution system operator) is preparing two biomethane biomethane producers with a total capacity of about 20 million cubic meters of gas per year for connection to the networks. In Khmelnytsky and Chernihiv regions, this figure constitutes about 30 million cubic meters - for two biomethane producers.
«Ukraine’s biomethane potential amounts to 8 billion cubic meters per year. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare for the growing pace of connecting such projects to gas networks. We intend that in each region there will be several dozen major biomethane producers, requiring «pipe» аccess», - said Georgy Geletukha, head of the UABIO.
The RGC and UABIO have been cooperating since May 2021 within the framework of the signed Memorandum aimed at modernization of gas distribution systems for the implementation of biomethane production projects and other synthetic gases. The prospects for such cooperation should benefit from both the development of clean and economically justifiable energy sources and the development of technologies within the framework of the European Green Deal, indispensable for integration with European markets.
Since August 2020, the RGC has been implementing a hydrogen project including study on the gas networks operation with hydrogen and its mixtures at five special testing sites in cooperation with a scientific consortium composed of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine institutes and state universities.
In October 2020, the RGC entered the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance operating under the auspices of the European Commission.