Ukrainian Transmission System Operator (TSO) Ukrenergo has addressed Continental Europe TSOs with an urgent request for an emergency synchronisation of the Ukrainian power system with the Continental Europe power system.
ENTSO-E has now informed that the TSOs will assess all available options urgently to meet the request of Ukrenergo and to ensure the safe operation of the power systems.
The Continental Europe TSOs have a synchronous project ongoing from 2017 and are working in close coordination with Ukrenergo. The TSOs and their expert groups are now arranging an assessment as a matter of priority to identify measures to support the electricity supply to Ukraine.
On 26 February 2022, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko announced that Ukraine’s power system will not return to synchronous operation with Russian and Belarusian networks. The announcement followed the electricity transmission operator Ukrenergo’s information on 24 February that the country’s power system began tests in isolated operation mode which is one of the final stages of preparation for synchronisation with ENTSO-E.
“Autonomous operation of the Ukrainian power system during February 24-26 was successful and proved our ability to work in isolation. And all this in the conditions of rocket attacks, fierce battles and attempts of the enemy to attack objects of critical infrastructure”, the Energy Minister said.
In the meantime, the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) is continuing its work in all regions of Ukraine. It keeps transporting gas to consumers. According to the company’s announcement, necessary changes are being made in those areas where fights are underway but there is no critical damage to the gas infrastructure.