Ukraine’s energy system will receive an additional 1,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity thanks to a recently repaired power unit of a Ukrainian nuclear power plant (NPP) following scheduled repairs, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy, German Galushchenko said last week (14 June).
“After an extremely difficult winter, which became a challenge for energy workers and all Ukrainians, the most extensive repair campaign at energy facilities since Independence is underway. Thanks to coordinated and professional work, nuclear engineers managed to carry out and complete the repair of one of the NPP units 20 days earlier. It will add the necessary 1,000 MW of power to the power system to increase its sustainability. For consumers, this will mean: there is capacity in the system, the energy supply will be stable,” the Minister said.
Minister Galushchenko emphasised the significance of accelerating the operation of the nuclear unit given the country’s diminished hydrogen production caused by terrorist activities and the sabotage of the Kakhovka hydropower plant dam. He expressed optimism about ongoing repairs of other energy facilities across the country.
Since last week, power engineers are actively working to restore power supply to affected consumers across Ukraine. In Kherson, 180 subscribers have regained electricity after being disconnected due to flooding, while over 700 subscribers in the Mykolaiv Oblast have been reconnected. Repair crews commenced restoration work on the flooded coastal pumping station of the Kherson thermal power station.
At the same time, continued Russian attacks in regions located on the front line and near the Russian border have resulted in power outages in the Kherson region, Donetsk region, Sumy region, and Kharkiv region. Additionally, technical violations caused power disconnections for consumers in the Odesa and Kirovohrad regions last week.