In 2012, Ukraine made significant progress in strengthening of its energy security, vice President of the Gorshenin Institute Oleksiy Leshchenko said during a roundtable on topic "Will Ukraine become a nonvolatile state," ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the expert, we can recall the improvement of energy efficiency, plans on unconventional gas and LNG terminal, reduction in gas imports from Russia and, finally, the growth of domestic production. 

"Our European colleagues confirm the progress of our country on the way to energy security, noting also improvements in the legislative branch. Kyiv is becoming more predictable energy partner," the analyst stressed.

At the same time, the country continues to suffer from high energy intensity of the economy, expert complains. The energy costs amount to 400 USD per each one thousand USD of GDP, despite the fact that 60% of these resources have to be imported.

In turn, director of the energy programs of the Razumkov Center Volodymyr Omelchenko said that Ukraine is not fully energy independent.

"For example, Japan or South Korea import all natural energy, but they have efficient economies. The main thing is to improve the effectiveness of fuel and energy companies for consumers to receive gas and other resources at an affordable price," the expert said.

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