Seamus Cogan, Kevin O’Keeffe, Liam O’Riordan , Stephen Mulvihill, Ken McCarthy and Jerry Walsh at Gas Networks Ireland Cork HQ, with some of the equipment the compnay donated to Ukraine. Photos: Adrian O’Herlihy

Supplies sent from Cork to help Ukrainian gas system

Supplies from Cork have been donated to Ukraine to help to repair its gas system which has been badly damaged in recent months by the Russian invasion.

Gas Networks Ireland has donated over €65,000 of what it called vital supplies to their Ukrainian counterparts.

Contacted by the Ukrainian gas system operator for support, Gas Networks Ireland worked with the Ukrainian authorities and the European Commission to establish the specific needs before filling a large truck with essential supplies, including mobile generators, drills, saws, large storage containers and 20 one thousand litre water containers.

The supplies recently arrived after embarking on a journey from Gas Network Ireland’s headquarters in Cork last week.

Speaking about the project, which took several months to coordinate, Gas Networks Ireland Logistics Manager Ken McCarthy said the national utility was eager to help support a safe and secure supply of gas to the people of Ukraine.

He added: “We have been deeply saddened by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and so we are delighted to be able to provide some support in this way. We have worked closely with the Ukrainian transmission system operator (TSO) to establish their needs there and to source the supplies which are most valuable.”

He continued: “As a business, it is important for Gas Networks Ireland to support our Ukrainian counterpart through this challenging time and we will continue to work closely with the TSO there to ensure we do our best to support their energy sector.

“Our sub-contractors have also expressed an interest in providing supplies, so we are working with them towards another shipment.”

Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine’s Head of Business Development, Anton Lazarevych thanked Gas Networks Ireland for their support.

“We are very grateful for the support of Gas Networks Ireland in such challenging times for Ukraine and GTSOU,” Mr Lazarevych said.

2 of the donated diesel powered mobile lighting rigs.