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About 70% of damaged power facilities restored in Ukraine

May 30, 2023

Power engineers have eliminated restrictions in the trunk grid and restored about 70% of the facilities damaged by Russian aggression.


This was stated by Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Board of NPC Ukrenergo, in an interview with Forbes Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

"In numbers, this is all very conditional. We temporarily lost about 40-50% of the capacity that our system had before the invasion. As for the main high-voltage network and Ukrenergo facilities, as a result of the massive terrorist campaign of the Russians against our power system, about 43% of our assets were damaged by missiles or drones," said the head of Ukrenergo.

According to him, the task is to restore as many power units and substations as possible by next winter.

"We promptly eliminated restrictions in the trunk grid and restored the functionality of about 70% of our damaged facilities. This does not mean that they are now operating in the same condition as before the full-scale invasion, but the electricity transmission system is working," Kudrytskyi clarified.

Answering the question of how many years it would take to restore everything as it was, Kudrytskyi said that there is no need for such restoration.

"There is no need to restore everything as it was. We are planning to do better, apply more modern technical solutions, and protect the facilities more. We are now thinking about how to change the new substations of Ukrenergo. We want to make them more automated and secure. We want to apply engineering solutions that will help protect high-voltage substations from Russian attacks," said the CEO.

In addition, the company plans to "slightly change the format of the power system".

"We are talking about building new power plants that will be smaller in scale and run on cheaper renewable resources. <...> Many small power plants are more difficult to disable with missiles or drones than one large one. Because you can do a lot of damage by hitting a 1000 MW power plant with missiles. It's another thing to destroy 100 10 MW power plants. That is, the decentralization of the energy system is not only a matter of efficiency but also a safety requirement," Kudrytskyi said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 30/05/2023

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