Igor Kossov, Kyiv Post
A U.S. Agency for International Development plan to improve Ukraine’s energy security saw its formal launch ceremony in Kyiv on Feb. 14.
Under the plan, USAID awarded $85 million to U.S.-based engineering and consulting firm Tetra Tech to help reform and upgrade Ukraine’s energy production, governance and distribution. The project will try to liberalize energy markets, expand natural gas, push renewable energy investment and make heating more affordable at a district level.
“At its core, the project is about nothing less than the security of Ukraine’s national sovereignty,” USAID mission director in Ukraine, Susan Fritz, said in a speech at the launch gala at Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, on the Podil waterfront. “For Ukraine to be truly secure, it must have access to secure, reliable, affordable and resilient sources of energy.”
Tetra Tech had already started working on the project since it won the USAID contract in July 2018. The formal launch was pushed back to February, in order to coincide with the conclusion of two preceding USAID-funded energy projects. The U.S. government shutdown at the turn of the year also contributed to the delay.