The first shipment of emergency equipment to help repair energy infrastructure damaged during the war coordinated by the Energy Community Secretariat has arrived in Ukraine.
“The Secretariat is doing everything within its power to help keep the lights on in Ukraine,” said Director Artur Lorkowski.
According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy, as of 12 April, electricity and gas supply have been restored to thousands of consumers and Ukrainian energy companies are making every effort to quickly restore energy supply to all the citizens. However, in some areas, emergency recovery work is difficult or impossible due to the intensification of hostilities and the emergence of new damage. More than 974 settlements in Ukraine remain without electricity and more than 293,000 households are left without gas supply.
“The emergency supplies delivered will help safeguard access to energy for the people of Ukraine,” continued Mr Lorkowski. “In times of unprecedented crisis, the Energy Community and its Secretariat can be relied upon to help Ukraine meet its emergency needs.”
The delivery of the shipment was supported by the Secretariat’s dedicated Ukraine Support Task Force and facilitated by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).
“Solidarity and safety are core values of IOGP: we’re very proud to leverage our member companies’ collective skills and resources to assist the people of Ukraine,” commented François-Régis Mouton, Regional Director Europe of IOGP. “Other shipments are under preparation across Europe and should depart soon and we are grateful to the Energy Community Secretariat and the European Commission for helping us do our part.”
The Ministry of Energy is compiling a list of urgent requests from critical energy infrastructure operator companies. Based on the list, deliveries from Norway, Spain and Switzerland, coordinated by the Secretariat, are almost ready for departure. The Secretariat is working with its partners on the delivery of additional supplies from Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Sweden, Latvia, the Netherlands and beyond.
The Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko thanked the Energy Community for the Fund it set up to support and restore Ukraine’s energy sector, adding that Ukraine will continue to introduce world best standards and practices and strengthen energy security by implementing the principles of the European Green Deal.
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