Ukraine Hits Record Electricity Imports Amid Energy Infrastructure Attacks

by Cheplyk Roman
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Ukraine Hits Record Electricity Imports Amid Energy Infrastructure Attacks

Following the largest missile attack on its energy infrastructure by Russian forces since the onset of the conflict, Ukraine is set to import a record amount of electricity since the beginning of the year on March 26, totaling 18,649 MWh

This significant import from Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Moldova comes as NEC "Ukrenergo" reports, marking a pivotal effort to maintain energy supply amidst ongoing challenges.

The planned imports, reaching a maximum capacity of up to 1,537 MW in certain hours, highlight the collaborative effort from neighboring countries to support Ukraine during this critical period. Notably, there will be no electricity export from Ukraine on this day.

Compounding the country's energy challenges, as of the morning of March 26, 69 settlements in the Odesa region are without electricity due to adverse weather conditions. Additionally, hostilities have resulted in new power outages in the Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions, with technological damage causing blackouts in the Sumy and Kirovohrad regions.

The March 22 attack, which utilized 88 cruise missiles and 63 Iranian Shahed kamikaze drones, inflicted significant damage on Ukraine's energy system, including the HPP-2 station at the Dnipro HPP, causing its engine room to be destroyed along with environmental contamination from oil product leakage.

Despite these setbacks, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal affirmed that the country's energy system remains operational, with energy workers diligently addressing the aftermath of the Russian assault. The extent of the damage and the consequent recovery efforts at the Dnipro HPP are under evaluation, with a detailed assessment expected following the completion of debris analysis within a week, according to Ihor Syrota, General Director of PJSC "Ukrhydroenergo."

This record electricity import and the ongoing recovery initiatives underscore Ukraine's resilience and the international support extended to ensure the continuity of its energy supply amidst the conflict.

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