Ukraine’s power grid balance improving
Chairman of the Board of NPC Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi (Photo:press service of NPC Ukrenergo)
With the electricity deficit slowly shrinking, Ukrainian cities could soon return to milder, scheduled power cuts, even as every single thermal power plant in the country is left damaged by Russian attacks, head of Ukraine’s power grid operator Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, said during a press briefing on Dec. 9.
According to Kudrytskyi, almost all hydroelectric power plants have also suffered some damage, and therefore have limited generation capacity.
Kudrytskyi added that nuclear energy is able to provide only half of Ukraine's electricity needs, meaning that repairing the damage from Moscow’s air strikes is a prerequisite for resuming normal power grid operation. He said that scheduled power cuts could replace lengthy emergency ones in a few days.
The latest Russian large-scale missile strike on Dec. 5 wiped off a week of efforts to restore Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
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