Weeks needed to restore normal power generation on Kyiv’s left bank — DTEK

9 December 2022, 05:10 PM
Latest Russian attack set repair work back by a week (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Latest Russian attack set repair work back by a week (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

One of the municipal electricity generation facilities on Kyiv’s left bank is still being repaired, so residents receive only 30% of their electricity needs, power company DTEK's Executive Director Dmytro Sakharuk said on Ukrainian national television on Dec. 9.

Sakharuk said it would take weeks to fully restore generating capacity.

"We have problems with non-operational generation facilities on the left bank, which do not produce enough (power) or do not work at all due to their destruction,” Sakharuk said.

“And this was, let's say, a source of power before the war. Therefore, we’re trying to increase the power that is redistributed to the left bank.”

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According to him, within two or three days it may be possible to increase the amount of power.

"It may be easier on weekends," Sakharuk added.

He noted that it is important to reach the same outage schedules as on the right bank of Kyiv — four to five hour cycles. To do this, it is necessary not only to restore the networks, but also to restore electricity generation on the left bank.

"It is not a matter of days, but weeks that are needed to recover,” Sakharuk said.

“As for increasing capacities, I think it can be solved quite quickly. And this requires both the local authorities and generating (facilities) to work together.”

On Dec. 8, CEO of electricity and gas provider YASNO Serhiy Kovalenko said that residents of the left bank of Kyiv receive only 30% of their electricity supply needs.

On Dec. 9, according to him, the situation with electricity supply on the left bank improved.

He also noted that the Russian missile strike on Dec. 5 set back the state of Ukraine's power system to what it was a week ago.

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