- Lamor enters into a major multi-party deal to monitor and assess the environment in the Borislavske oil field and around the city of Boryslav, Ukraine.
Finland, Porvoo, October 1, 2020 - Lamor’s Ukrainian entity has entered into a significant agreement to monitor and assess the environmental situation in the territory of Boryslav. LLC Lamor Ukraine, the City Council of Boryslav and PJSC Ukrnafta signed the agreement.
In the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Boryslav has been a major industrial centre for centuries. The area has been a major oil producer since the 19th Century. Uncontrolled oil spills and leakages from decades past have caused contamination of soil, water and air. Along with the oil, gas, which is mainly methane, also comes to the surface, and now a large part of the city is in the zone of enhanced gas pollution.
In 2018 the Ukrainian-Finnish company Lamor Ukraine LLC offered their assistance to the city. As part of the Lamor Corporation based in Porvoo, Finland, Lamor Ukraine LLC is an expert in oil spill response, water treatment and waste management. After almost two years of negotiations, on 4 June 2020 the parties signed an Agreement for the project to conduct environmental monitoring and situation assessment in the Borislavske oil field and Boryslav city. The largest gas production company of Ukraine, JSC Ukragazvydobuvannia, also agreed to join the co-financing of the project.
The agreement was signed thanks to the support of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, PJSC Ukrnafta and the Embassy of Finland in Ukraine. Importantly, the project materials were handed over to NEFCO (Nordic Environment Finance Corporation), which is also considering the possibility of contributing to the project.
The Ambassador of Finland to Ukraine, Päivi Maarit Laine:
“Finland is a reliable partner of Ukraine and supports the development of Ukrainian environmental policies to the modern European level. We highly respect the commitment of all the parties involved in environmental monitoring in Boryslav, and hope that the result of this work will be of highest quality. We are confident that the cooperation of Ukrainian and Finnish specialists will lead to an independent assessment of environmental conditions in the region and find technical solutions even for such a unique and complicated case as Boryslav.”
Deputy Head of the Mission of the Embassy of Finland to Ukraine, Maria Ågren:
“It is a pleasure to see how useful projects the communities are implementing! I personally had an opportunity to visit Boryslav and to observe negotiations between the parties. I hope that research of soil, water and air, as well as qualitative analysis from Lamor Corporation represented by JV LLC "Lamor Ukraine" will create conditions for the prevention and, if necessary, for eliminating the local crisis situation. On the basis of the assessment report the government could create national programs of regional ecological development. We are more than happy to support Lamor Ukraine within the framework ”Cleantech Finland”, which is backed by the Government of Finland as a part of Finland’s National Action plan to develop environmental businesses. Combining the right to a safe environment with the conditions for successful business activities should be a driving force for economic and social development of the region”.
Co-Founder of Lamor Ukraine LLC, Bruno Lete:
“Boryslav is a city with an important history. Today, we are proud at Lamor Ukraine that we can work with the people of Boryslav to write the next chapter in that history. This project will enable specialists from Ukraine and Finland to work together, using modern technologies, and assess the environmental challenges faced by city. This partnership is a unique occasion to make the first step toward a more responsible, healthy and sustainable ecology in Boryslav.”