Turkey to Aid Ukraine in Increasing Electricity Generation

by Roman Cheplyk
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Turkey to Aid Ukraine in Increasing Electricity Generation

Turkish companies are poised to participate in projects aimed at enhancing distributed and mobile electricity generation capacities in Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

During a meeting, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko and Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Mustafa Levent Bilgen discussed the severe challenges faced by Ukraine's energy system following renewed massive Russian attacks. They also explored avenues for cooperation to mitigate the impact of these attacks.

Minister Galushchenko emphasized the urgent need to enhance the flexibility of Ukraine's energy system and boost power generation capacity, particularly through the development of distributed and mobile generation solutions. "For us, this is a matter of survival next winter," he stressed.

In response, the Turkish ambassador confirmed that several Turkish companies are ready to engage in relevant projects. The discussions highlighted the potential for implementing these projects in the Kharkiv and Odesa regions, with a particular focus on installing mobile power plants.

In January 2023, Ukraine reached an agreement with the Turkish company Karpowership to deploy floating power plants, which would provide 500 MW of electricity — enough to power one million households.

Since the end of March 2024, Russian attacks have damaged half of Ukraine's energy system. While a total blackout has been averted, the Ministry of Energy advises Ukrainians to stock up on generators and power banks, preparing for any eventualities.

The damage to Ukraine's energy infrastructure from the latest missile and drone attacks exceeds $1 billion, severely impacting heat and hydro generation, as well as electricity transmission substations. Despite these challenges, the energy system remains operational and stable.

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