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Nuclear energy provides a reliable base load and covers more than half of the electricity production in Ukraine (55.5% in 2021). There are four nuclear power plants (NPPs) in Ukraine with a total installed capacity of 13,835 MW (15 reactors in total, incl. 13 reactors with a capacity of 1,000 MW and two reactors with a capacity of 415 MW and 420 MW, respectively). 

Zaporizka NPP (ZNPP) is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and is located in Energodar city, Zaporizhzhya region. The ZNPP...

In its letter of 18 August 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine notified the Secretariat that starting from 15 August 2022, Ukraine exercises its right under Article 17(2)(a)-(b) of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) to deny advantages of Part III of the ECT to Investments of Investors of the Russian Federation, for the reasons set out therein.


On 10 August 2022, Deputy Secretary General (DSG) Atsuko Hirose paid a courtesy visit to the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Kiyoshi Odawara. 

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs stated that, in the current global situation where energy prices are rising considerably in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the importance of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which promotes and protects energy sector investments and energy security, is increasing considerably. 

He was...

On 5 August 2022, Secretary-General Guy Lentz held a videoconference with Mr Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine. During the meeting, the Parties discussed the planned activities of the Task Force established under the Energy Charter Secretariat as a part of the project “Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure”.

Secretary-General Lentz expressed readiness to provide all support needed to facilitate, the activities of the Task Forces in undertaking as...

On August 1, 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) welcomed five Ukrainian secondees, the members of the Task Force that will coordinate, support and facilitate planned activities for the Cooperation for Restoring the Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure.

The Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Mr Oleksandr Antonenko and Ms Özlem Duyan met with Ms Inna Slobodian; Deputy Head of the Department – Head of the Division on the Bilateral Cooperation and  International Treaties, Department...

On 26th July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Ms Ishita Pant, Ms Özlem Duyan and Dr Nidal Tayeh, met virtually with H.E. Eng. Sharif Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Guy Lentz presented the main streams of the Secretariat work, the possible development of the cooperation with the Ministry, and in particular, the potential synergy with the United Arab Emirates projects...

It is with deep sadness that I have been informed of the unexpected death of Secretary General Barkindo of OPEC here in Abudja - at the very same time when I myself am on mission to meet the officials of many Nigerian governmental authorities, in order to exchange views about the Energy Charter Treaty and its modernisation process.

Dr. Mohammad Barkindo, a Nigerian politician and long-serving Secretary-General of OPEC, died at the age of 63 - just days before he was set to finish his term at...

On 8 July 2022, as a follow-up to the 2022 National Energy Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 4-7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria for a debriefing meeting at the Energy Commission of Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria.

Prof. Bala thanked Mr Lentz and the Secretariat team for the collaboration in...

On 7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Mrs Beatrice Jeddy-Agba, Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary (SGF/PS), in Abuja, Nigeria, acting on behalf of Mr Abubaka Malami, Hon. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Nigeria.

Mrs. Beatrice Jeddy-Agba congratulated Mr Lentz and Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, Director General of the Energy Commission of...

On 7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Nigerian Senator Mrs Uche Ekwunife, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr Lentz extended his sincere thanks to Senator Ekwunife for her presence and intervention at the 2022 National Energy Summit Opening Ceremony, and expressed his deep respect and appreciation for the commitment and...

On 7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Mr Dabire Bayaornibe, Director of Energy at ECOWAS, and Mr Arkadius Koumoin, Programme Officer in Energy at ECOWAS, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr Lentz praised the great success of the 2022 National Energy Summit and expressed his thanks to ECOWAS and the Energy Commission of Nigeria for their fruitful collaboration in organizing the...

On 7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Mr Mohammed H. Abdullahi, Nigerian Minister of Environment, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr. Lentz explained the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and underlined the introduction of the flexibility mechanism which allows Contracting Parties to exclude investment protection for fossil fuels in their territories. The parties...

On 6 July 2022, the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) and the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) opened the second day of the National Energy Summit of Nigeria. The audience observed a minute of silence to pay tribute to Mr Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, the former Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who passed away on 5 July 2022. Recognising Mr Barkindo as an inspiring figure, the Secretary-General of the ECS, Mr Guy Lentz, expressed his deep regret and...

On 5 July 2022, the Energy Commission of Nigeria opened a two-day National Energy Summit on the theme ‘Green Economy and Sustainable Energy Development in Nigeria: Investment Opportunities and Challenges’ in Abuja, Nigeria. The Summit was attended by high-level representatives of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Federal Ministry of Mines and...

On 4 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr Guy Lentz presented the key achievements negotiated during the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty and explained how the amended Treaty provides a solid legal framework able to meet the needs of the international energy sector...