As part of a large-scale repair campaign in the energy sector, 1.6 GW have already been added to the power grid. This was announced by Energy Minister German Galushchenko during a meeting with G7+ ambassadors. This figure was achieved through the modernisation of thermal and hydroelectric generation units. Another 100 MW will be added in the near future.
German Galushchenko drew the partners' attention to the fact that Ukraine is facing a rather difficult autumn-winter period of 2023/2024, as since 10 October last year, Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities have become one of the main targets of russian attacks and have suffered more than 300 hits
«About 50% of the entire power system, including generation and transmission facilities, was lost due to russian attacks. Unfortunately, some facilities are destroyed and cannot be repaired. We have lost about 50% of the generating capacity that was available before the full-scale aggression», the head of the Ministry of Energy said.
In particular, 44% of nuclear generation capacity, 60% of thermal generation capacity, more than 70% of wind and about 20% of solar capacity have been lost. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, ZNPP, with a capacity of 6 GW, is still occupied by russians, the Minister reminded.
Aware of the challenges, the power industry has carried out the largest repair campaign at energy facilities in the history of independence.
«We have already repaired 8 nuclear power units. Another 1000 MW unit is under repair. All nine units of Ukrainian-controlled NPPs will operate at full capacity during the winter cooling season. Nuclear generation will bear the main load», the Minister said.
Work is also underway at thermal and hydro generation facilities.