Ukraine’s electricity generation could improve in February, expert says

19 January, 09:10 PM
Destroyed power unit of a thermal power plant after a Russian missile attack on January 14 (Photo:DTEK / Telegram)

Destroyed power unit of a thermal power plant after a Russian missile attack on January 14 (Photo:DTEK / Telegram)

After months of repeated Russian air strikes, consumers could feel the first results of ongoing efforts to restore Ukraine’s power grid no earlier than mid-February, Oleksandr Kharchenko, head of the Energy Research Center, said at a briefing on Jan. 19, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.

"The situation remains difficult,” Kharchenko stated.

“The last attack (on Jan. 14) led to significant damage to TPP (thermal power plant) units and transformer substations of Ukrenergo. Restoration is ongoing, but in terms of generation, it cannot be very fast. We are talking about weeks. We will feel the first results of the restoration of these power units in mid-February – the second or third week of the month.”

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According to him, the overall electricity deficit in the country due to damaged generation facilities remains at over 20%, and in some regions, it exceeds this figure – particularly in Kyiv Oblast, where the shortage is about 40%.

"The most difficult situation is in Kyiv, of course, and the frontline areas,” the expert noted.

“Kherson Oblast and part of Kharkiv Oblast are in a very difficult situation. It is also quite difficult in Odesa Oblast. These are the most affected, difficult, and deficient regions.”

Kharchenko pointed out that, for example, Kyiv Oblast suffers not only from the general state of the power system but also from small accidents in local networks.

"Power engineers often have to choose between repairing something major that will allow 10,000-30,000 consumers to be powered, or spend the same time to restore power to several hundred people,” he explained. “That's why it's also difficult to deal with minor accidents.”

According to his forecast, the situation may improve dramatically in April, when a large amount of equipment needed to restore the power system will be delivered to Ukraine.

"The first waves of heavy equipment will be delivered to restore power supply, and in April it will become noticeable," Kharchenko concluded.

As of Jan. 19, Ukrenergo predicted a decrease in electricity consumption due to warming weather, but notes that the shortage of resources remains high due to the damage done by Moscow’s attacks.

Russian air strikes on Jan. 14 damaged nine TPP generator units and three major power substations, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal said.

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