Without ZNPP, Ukraine to continue living with electricity deficit

19 January, 11:13 PM
Dmytro Sakharuk, Executive Director of DTEK (Photo:DTEK / Facebook)

Dmytro Sakharuk, Executive Director of DTEK (Photo:DTEK / Facebook)

Even after the damage from Russian air strikes is repaired, Ukraine will continue experiencing generation capacity shortage until it regains control of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Executive Director of Ukraine’s largest private energy company DTEK, Dmytro Sakharuk, said on Jan. 19.

Attending the annual Ukraine and the World Ahead 2023 meeting, Sakharuk said Ukrainian households still face 50% electricity deficits, while the situation for industrial consumers is even worse.

“Unfortunately, even after the winter, the deficit will persist,” said Sakharuk.

“Even if were to repair all our power plants right now, we would still have a shortage.”

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According to Sakharuk, this mainly stems from the Russian occupation of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), which generates 6 GW of electricity, and three thermal power plants, which normally produce 3.6 GW.

“That’s nearly 26% of total national generation capacity being currently unavailable,” he noted.

“Therefore, until ZNPP is returned, we will have a shortage. It could be less acute than in wintertime, but it will still be there.”

Sakharuk added that diesel generators, gas turbines, and solar panels could not alone solve Ukraine’s energy problems, since they cannot generate electricity around the clock, and serve instead as emergency backups.

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