Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has held a meeting with German MP Karl Wellmann and representatives of Ferrostaal Company.

The company director Mark Heumann reported on the work done within the realization of the pilot project on modernization of Ukrainian gas transportation system, jointly with Naftogaz Ukraine, in particular the modernization of the booster station 'Bar', which enables to increase the volume rates and effectives of consumption at relatively low expenses.

The representatives of the company informed that within a year they had studied the technical parameters of Ukrainian GTS and concluded that the total modernization of the system, costing about 5.3 billion dollars, would pay off earlier than the 'South Stream" pipeline was launched.

In his turn, Ukrainian PM Azarov noted that in fact there is no alternative to the modernization of Ukrainian GTS, as this option remains the cheapest and the most relievable way to provide steady supplies to Europe, especially during winter periods. "Neither North nor South Stream has gas storage facilities. And neither of them will have in the nearest future to secure steady flow of gas," Azarov said.

According to the PM, it is expedient to create a three-partied consortium with participation of Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

Speaking about the pilot project on 'Bar' station modernization, Azarov noted that German companies can count on Ukrainian government's support. "I welcome the realization of projects on modernization, energy saving, domestic mining...All projects on development of Ukraine's economy can count on our state support," he summed up.


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