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Updated: Ukraine’s and Moldova’s power systems successfully synchronised with Continental Europe

Following the urgent request by Ukraine’s transmission system operator Ukrenergo and Moldova’s Moldelectrica for emergency synchronisation, the TSOs of Continental Europe agreed to start on 16 March 2022 the trial synchronisation of the Continental European Power System with the power systems of Ukraine and Moldova.

According to the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), this acceleration of the synchronisation project ongoing since 2017 has been possible thanks to the previous studies carried out and the adoption of risks mitigation measures.

“It’s great to be able to sync networks so fast,” commented the Czech Republic’s Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela.

Continental Europe TSOs are supporting the stability of the Ukrainian-Moldovan power system following a positive analysis which confirmed that an emergency synchronisation is technically feasible with a number of measures to ensure safe and secure power systems.

“This is an important milestone for transmission system operators in continental Europe as well as Ukrenergo and Moldelectrica, which manage to operate their energy systems in extremely difficult conditions,” added Zbyněk Boldiš, Vice President of ENTSO-E.

Also, Artur Lorkowski, Director Energy Community Secretariat commended ENTSO-E, the European Commission and all those involved for making the early synchronisation of Ukraine and Moldova possible in this dark time of war.

“Such actions show true solidarity, one of the founding principles of the Energy Community,” he said. “Synchronisation means European assistance in case of emergency needs, thus increasing the stability of the Ukrainian and Moldovan power systems. It means the safer operation of nuclear power plants in Ukraine. After the Russian military aggression stops, synchronisation will translate into more energy security and more benefits for consumers on both sides.”

In the meantime, the Energy Community Secretariat said that it continue supporting Ukraine and Moldova in aligning their legal and regulatory frameworks with EU rules, especially electricity network codes and guidelines.

Also, the EU will keep supporting Ukraine in the energy sector, by ensuring the reverse flows of gas to the country and the delivery of energy supplies that are badly needed, as pointed out by the Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson.

“We are also looking forward to the time when we can continue our excellent cooperation on the green transition and market reforms,” she added.

A statement shared also by the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association which is looking forward to that moment after the war when both Ukraine and Europe will enjoy new opportunities with regard to joint development of electricity markets and facilitation of green transition.

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