Currently, there are no constraints imposed on either the network or electricity production. Although challenges related to shelling may arise, we can be confident that winter will run its course.
Currently, there are no constraints imposed on either the network or electricity production. Although challenges related to shelling may arise, we can be confident that winter will run its course. This assurance was conveyed by Volodymyr Kudrytsky, who serves as the chairman of the board at the National Electoral Commission “Ukrenergo”, during a telethon known as “Jedini Novyny.”
"We are fully prepared to transport the required electricity for the upcoming winter. There is a vigorous and comprehensive effort underway for the maintenance and rejuvenation of power plants," he disclosed.
Kudrytsky also highlighted the substantial bolstering of engineering safeguards for all primary-level power facilities within the system to shield substations and power plants from potential Russian threats.
“Based on our experience from the previous winter, it's unlikely that the adversary will catch us off guard. That's why I am confident that we will successfully navigate through the winter. While challenges related to shelling may arise, the power system will remain resilient, and we will effectively manage it”, remarked the president of the management board of "Ukrenergo".
With regard to potential power disruptions, Kudrytsky stressed that the extent and impact of shelling would determine the outcome. He explained that the most critical situation would be in the frontline areas, which rely on backup networks for power supply.
"We cannot predict the precise parameters or tactics the enemy will employ. However, we have taken all necessary precautions, and we are continuing to enhance the power system's safety margin to minimize the impact even in the event of extensive shelling," he concluded.
In the autumn of 2022, Russia commenced regular attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. By December, occupiers' assaults had resulted in the shutdown of half of the power system, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency in the energy sector.
Generators and other aid from international organizations and governments were sent to facilitate the restoration of electricity. On December 13, the first energy "Ramstein" meeting took place in Paris, where the approval of a one-billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine to endure the winter was secured.
Following extensive shelling on December 16, Ukraine once again declared a state of emergency in the energy sector, resulting in the disabling of half of the country's energy system due to Russian attacks.
In October 2022, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that Ukraine would require an additional $17 billion in 2023 for the swift reconstruction of energy, critical infrastructure, housing, and economic recovery.
On July 25, Shmyhal announced that approximately 60% of the planned work to restore power grids damaged during extensive Russian attacks had already been completed in preparation for winter.
On July 30, the Prime Minister assured that the state possessed the necessary funds for the reconstruction, refurbishment, and protection of energy facilities, emphasizing the importance of timely execution of all planned initiatives. He noted that the Ministry of Energy had a clear mandate to add 1.7 GW of power to the system before the heating season commences, with an additional 1.2 GW planned for November-December. Renovation and security measures for energy facilities are actively underway.