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KIEV, April 2 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine and Azerbaijan will set up a joint venture to prepare a feasibility study of LNG supplies through a terminal that will be built in Ukraine’s Odessa region, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said in an interview with Azerbaijan’s news agency Trend ahead of his visit to Baku on April 3-4.
“A feasibility study of the project for the construction of an LNG terminal was prepared by Spain’s Socoin. According to preliminary estimates, it will be possible to begin the construction already this year,” Azarov said. “Today our countries’ governments are preparing a relevant bilateral agreement as well as a protocol to set up a joint venture for preparing a feasibility study of LNG supplies from Azerbaijan to Ukraine.”
The head of government underlined that after the first stage of an LNG terminal is completed by the end of 2014, Ukraine will be able to get 2 billion cubic meters of liquefied gas a year. In 2015 the terminal throughput will reach 5 billion cubic meters and in 2017 – up to 10 billion cubic meters.
The terminal’s construction is estimated at 1 billion dollars.
Azarov highlighted that Ukraine eyes an opportunity for its financial participation in the projects on LNG terminals in other countries.
On December 17, 2010, Ukraine set up the state-run enterprise National Project “LNG Terminal” that should coordinate the construction of a terminal to receive 10 billion cubic meters on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.