A second aid package for Ukraine consisting of an autotransformer from Lithuanian power transmission system operator Litgrid was delivered on Monday (5 September).
“As Russia is purposefully destroying Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, we aim to help rebuild and strengthen Ukraine’s electricity transmission network. The second very powerful and necessary autotransformer sent to Ukraine from Lithuania will supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of residents. Lithuania’s support to Ukraine’s electricity, gas and heating sectors already exceeds 11 million euros, and we will not stop supporting Ukraine in the future”, said Lithuania’s Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.
The aid package included a transmission grid substation (330/110/10 kV autotransformer) and other 330 kV, 110 kV voltage transmission network devices – disconnectors, switches, surge arresters, current and voltage measuring transformers, isolators, which reached Ukraine already in April of this year. The total market value of the equipment is around 3.6 million euros, Litgrid said.
“After the arrival of the most important device for the electricity substation – the autotransformer – we can say that the entire second support package has reached the transmission system operator Ukrenergo. An autotransformer and other grid equipment will help rebuild the war-damaged infrastructure. While modernising our country’s substations, we set aside various devices suitable for use in reserve. We will continue to support Ukrainians with them to make electricity supply as reliable and safe as possible”, said Litgrid CEO Rokas Masiulis.
Lithuania and Ukraine both use the same voltage levels. Producing a new autotransformer with the same specifications would cost more than 2.5 million euros and would take about two years, Litgrid noted.
In March, the first 330/110/10 kV autotransformer from Lithuania was delivered to Ukraine. Additionally, other equipment from Litgrid and Amber Grid, intended for the restoration of electricity and gas transmission grids, arrived in November last year.
Currently, the total market value of the support already provided by Litgrid is around six million euros. The total Lithuanian support to Ukraine’s energy sector is estimated at approximately 11 million euros.