Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov (center) in Warsaw today (epa)
16 February 2006 -- The prime ministers of Poland and Ukraine say they want to extend a Ukrainian oil pipeline from Odesa on the Black Sea to central Poland.
Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said the project would help to ensure his country's energy security. Marcinkiewicz met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov today in Warsaw.
Poland has made energy one of the main planks of its foreign policy. It remains heavily dependent on Russia for oil and gas.
The Ukrainian pipeline under discussion now runs from Odesa to Brody in western Ukraine, near the Polish border.
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Ukraine consumes 70 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year. It produces 20 bcm of its own gas, has a signed contract to import 40 bcm from Turkmenistan, and in 2005 was getting 29 bcm from Russia as payment for transit of Russian gas.
Ukraine sells some 7 bcm of gas a year to the West and places some in underground storage facilities. These facilities can hold 34.5 bcm.