Consumption limits have been established for all oblenergos, which apply during the day.
It is increasing in Ukraine shortage of electricity due to cold weather and damaged energy infrastructure.
It is reported press service NEC “Ukrenergo”, the shortage occurred as a result of Russian missile and drone attacks – power plants (generating capacity) and the high-voltage network were damaged.
“Electricity consumption is increasing due to the cold weather. Accordingly, the power deficit is also increasing,” the report says.
As the company explained, the latest Russian attack on January 14 caused significant damage to several power units of thermal power plants. Electricity production at operating power plants cannot fully cover consumption.
It is noted that consumption limits have been established for all oblenergos, which apply during the day. The company reminded that each oblastenergo in its region draws up schedules of planned hourly outages, which should ensure the consumption of the region at the level of the proven limit. Exceeding the limits leads to risks of emergency situations in the power system. Therefore, emergency shutdowns are used to prevent this.
“Ukrenergo” added that the energy infrastructure in the front-line areas in the south and east was damaged during the last day due to artillery shelling. Where the military has given permission, repair work is ongoing.
“Ukrenergo”, electricity producers and oblenergo are constantly working to restore damaged facilities affected by enemy attacks. However, after each subsequent attack by the Russians on the energy infrastructure, recovery becomes increasingly difficult and takes longer,” the company said.
The situation with energy infrastructure:
Since October 2022, Russia has been trying to destroy the energy system of Ukraine, leaving Ukrainians without electricity, heating, water supply and communication.
On November 23, the Ministry of Energy announced that the energy system of Ukraine had moved to full blackout mode.
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As of January 23, 2023, the energy system of Ukraine survived 12 enemy missile attacks and 14 UAV strikes on energy facilities. More than 10 GW of the main installed capacities are inaccessible to the Ukrainian energy system and are under the control of the enemy. This is the largest in Ukraine and Europe: Zaporizhzhia NPP, Zaporizhzhia TPP, Luhansk TPP, Vuglehirskaya TPP, Kakhovskaya HPP.