Certain licensing procedures in the oil and gas industry have been facilitated

On 1 April 2018, the Law of Ukraine № 2314-VIII[1] facilitating the access to land for maintenance of pipeline transport facilities, construction works and other licensed procedures in the oil and gas industry.

In particular, subsoil users are entitled to sell and transfer geological information created or acquired at their own expense to the residents and non-residents of Ukraine, and must notify the State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources on such disposal.

Also, land owners and land users may remove and move soil surface without special permission from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (on the basis of a detailed land management project) in the following cases:

  • drilling operations and development of oil and gas wells, construction, maintenance, repair and reconstruction of the wells as well as maintenance of related pipeline transport facilities, buildings, roads and other related objects;

  • works related to liquidation and prevention of emergence situations in oil and gas wells and related facilities.

The importance of saving the environmental balance is highlighted: the prior environmental impact assessment is necessary to issue a special permit for conducting any oil and gas production activity.

The construction of oil and gas production facilities does not require the change of the purpose of land, since the Act allows issuance of easements on the relevant land plots. Losses caused by the use of land must be compensated to the land owners or users.

[1] http://search.ligazakon.ua/l_doc2.nsf/link1/T182314.html