Ukraine could stabilize its power grid by summer 2023, minister says

23 December 2022, 12:54 AM
December 19 Russia strikes Kyiv and Kyiv region with drones (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

December 19 Russia strikes Kyiv and Kyiv region with drones (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Provided Russia doesn’t inflict further damage to Ukraine’s energy facilities, the national power grid could be stabilized by Summer 2023, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said in an interview with Forbes Ukraine on Dec. 22.

According to the minister, the situation remains particularly dire in Kyiv, although the country-wide grid remains intact and without fragmentation. The capital suffered a major blow to its power distribution network in Dec. 19 Russian kamikaze drone attack.

“If there are no new air strikes, even considering the damage to our generation capacity, we will stabilize the system by summer,” said Halushchenko.

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The official added the government has developed a number of steps to achieve that, such as deploying mobile 50 MW/h generators to bootstrap isolated power plants that are temporarily cut off from the grid. These generators, according to Halushchenko, are manufactured domestically.

On Dec. 22, Ukraine’s energy grid operator Ukrenergo said the system still experiences significant generation deficit, although the situation is improving as another nuclear power plant reactor was recently brought back online.

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