In May 2016, the state-owned company Ukrgazvydobuvannya presented a program “20/20” to the government. This is a project that envisaged an increase in natural gas production from 2016 to 2020 from 14.5 billion cubic meters to 20 billion. If the government had been working more efficiently for the last 3 years, Gonchar believes, Ukraine would be self-sufficient in gas not in 5 years, but in 2 years.
We need to increase gas production on additional 5-6 billion cubic meters of gas and simultaneously reduce consumption by about the same amount. Then we will get a script called “0 gas import”. That is, imported gas will not be needed, because we will be self-sufficient with domestic gas extraction. To do this, it is necessary to implement a program of expanding exploration works – explained Gonchar.