Power system already 70% restored, but weather a big problem, says Ukrenergo
Lviv in the evening of November 23, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk)
Ukraine’s energy system, creaking from the effects of waves of Russian cruise missiles, was running at 70% capacity as of the morning of Nov. 25, Ukrainian power grid operator Ukrenergo reported on Nov. 25.
And now the country’s power grid faces another relentless foe – the weather.
“Efforts to restore electricity to household consumers continue, although the pace of restoration is slowing down due to difficult weather conditions: strong wind, rain and sub-zero temperatures at night, as well as the damage caused by Russian missiles, icing and broken wires in distribution networks,” Ukrenergo explained.
“As of 11.00 a.m. (on Nov. 25), electricity producers have provided more than 70% of the country’s consumption needs,” the national power company said.
“Critical infrastructure facilities in all regions have been supplied with power as a priority: boiler houses, gas distribution stations, water canals, sewage treatment plants, also public electric transport has been put back to work in some regions,” Ukrenergo went on.
The country’s nuclear power plants are gaining capacity, and the country’s renewable energy plants are also coming back online.
“Despite the damage caused by the missile attacks, thermal and hydroelectric power plants, thermal power centers are working, part of the ‘green’ energy generation has been put into operation,” Ukrenergo said.
Meanwhile, both scheduled and emergency blackouts have been implemented in all regions due to power shortages.
Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure came on Nov. 23, following two other especially large attacks on Nov. 15 and Oct. 10. The Russian in particular targeted energy infrastructure, electricity distribution nodes, transformers, and the dams of water reservoirs.
Millions of Ukrainians across the country were left without power, water and heating supplies in the wake of the latest missiles attack.
Russia fired 67 cruise missiles and a number of suicide drones at Ukraine. While 51 missiles were shot down, the remainder hit their targets, causing significant further damage to an energy system already reeling from earlier strikes.
The Ukrainian Air Force said 31 missiles from the Russian mass attack were aimed at the Ukrainian capital Kyiv alone, with 21 of them being shot down.
The other missiles struck targets in the city and the surrounding oblast, including a large heat and power generation plant in the south of the city.
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