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Latvia’s Latvenergo provides equipment for restoration of Ukraine’s energy system

A three-phase 110 kV transformer donated by the Latvian state-owned electric utility company, Latvenergo, was successfully delivered to Ukraine as part of the efforts to restore the Ukrainian power system, Energy Community announced last week.

Latvenergo AS cooperated with Ukraine’s State Fire and Rescue Service, the Energy Community Secretariat and the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre to ensure the delivery of the transformer to Ukraine.

Chief Administrative Officer of Latvenergo, Arnis Kurgs said: “Following the targeted and barbaric attacks by Russian troops on the Ukrainian power system to intimidate the Ukrainian people and stop their resistance, Latvenergo took immediate action to respond to Ukraine’s request by donating an urgently needed 110 kV transformer to restore power supply to the Ukrainian energy system, showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people and supporting Ukraine’s victory. The donation to Ukraine was made at an extremely fast pace. This was possible thanks to the very active, selfless actions and coordinated cooperation of Latvenergo employees, as well as Latvian and international partners. Therefore, we would like to say a big thank you to all the contributors and supporters! Glory to Ukraine and its heroes!”

In response to Ukraine’s request, Latvenergo’s governing institution took the decision in record time to donate a three-phase 110 kV transformer for the restoration of the Ukrainian energy system. In late November, Latvenergo signed a donation agreement with an energy company indicated by the Ukrainian government. The 54-tonne equipment is Latvenergo’s back-up transformer that has been refurbished and maintained in excellent working order, and is therefore still usable in the power system.

European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “Millions of Ukrainians are at risk due to Russia’s continued attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. The European Union and its Member States are doing all it can to help sustain the electricity supply in Ukraine. I thank Latvia for sending a powerful transformer to help Ukraine in their moment of need. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinating its largest operation to deliver much-needed supplies, such as energy and shelter supplies, to Ukraine.”

In response to a request from Latvenergo and the State Fire and Rescue Service, the delivery of the equipment to Ukraine was coordinated by the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre, in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat as well as the Polish Strategic Reserve Agency. The transportation of the transformer was financed by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski, underlined: “Thanks to the generosity of Latvenergo, the 110kV transformer will make a real difference to the stability of the electricity grid and tens of thousands of Ukrainian families lacking electricity supply in the midst of winter. From day one of the war, the Secretariat has been active in supporting Ukraine in keeping its energy infrastructure functional. We assist donors of emergency energy equipment and tools in every step of the way and, together with our partners, make sure that all donations reach Ukraine as quickly as possible.”

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