Ukraine needs European support to import EUR 800 million worth of electricity, says Zelenskyy

13 December 2022, 04:02 PM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:press service of the President of Ukraine)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:press service of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine needs European Union support to import of up to 2 GW electricity worth about EUR 800 million at current prices, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as saying on Dec. 13.

Speaking at an international conference on solidarity with the Ukrainian people in Paris, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine needs emergency support from the European energy system, i.e. the supply of up to 2 GW of electricity from EU countries to Ukraine, at least until the completion of the winter heating period.

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According to Zelenskyy, for this to happen, Ukraine needs a decision by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) to increase its import capacity.

He noted that Ukrainian specialists who are currently in Paris know the details of this decision.

The Ukrainian president added that such support can cost about EUR 800 million in current prices.

He said that this would be “much cheaper than a blackout for everyone.”

Zelenskyy also urged the EU officials to agree on all the decisions during the current conference.

In addition, he called on Ukrainians to switch to using LED bulbs to reduce the power deficit of the country’s electricity grid after mass Russian missile strikes on civilian infrastructure.

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