Ukraine’s energy operator says it’s ready for any scenario of damage to the energy system

20 October 2022, 03:26 PM
Volodymyr Kudrytskyi spoke about Ukrenergo's readiness for damage to Ukraine's energy system (Photo:Ukrenergo)

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi spoke about Ukrenergo's readiness for damage to Ukraine's energy system (Photo:Ukrenergo)

Ukrenergo, the state operator of Ukraine’s power grid, as studied several scenarios of attacks on Ukraine’s energy system, and worked out ways to respond to them, the head of the country’s state power company has said.

Ukrenergo CEO Volodymyr Kudrytskyi said on Ukrainian national television on Oct. 20 that his company had plans to deal with various levels of damage to the system.

Ukrainian news outlet quoted Kudrytskyi as saying that Ukrenergo was considering “all scenarios, even the most extreme” and had modeled “how the power grid would work at different levels of destruction.”

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According to Kudrytskyi, Ukraine’s energy system is maintaining its integrity, while the consumption restrictions that are being introduced aim to ensure that the power grid remains stable.

He said that Ukraine had lost part of its electricity generating capacity as a result of Russian missile strikes, and that it would probably take “several days” to return production volumes to their previous level.

Kudrytskyi also called on the public to continue saving electricity as the Russians are attacking the country’s energy infrastructure and power plants almost every day.

“It’s very important that our consumers understand that consumption restrictions give us an opportunity to stabilize the situation,” he said.

“That is, they’re not evidence of the collapse of the energy system: on the contrary, they indicate that we’re in control of what’s happening.”

Kudrytskyi said he believes that people will turn off some of their electric heaters and partially relieve the power grid with the start of the heating season.

Russia launched fresh missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy facilities on Oct. 19. In particular, the invaders hit the Burshtyn Thermal Power Plant in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Oct. 18 that Russia had destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power stations since Oct. 10. He dubbed the Russian strikes on power and other types of critical infra-structure “another kind of Russian terrorist attack.”

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