Ukraine is experiencing power outages nationwide, but it will be worse in winter - YASNO director

Director General of YASNO, Serhii Kovalenko, spoke about the situation with electricity supply
Director General of YASNO, Serhii Kovalenko, spoke about the situation with electricity supply

Russia's successful destruction of a large part of Ukraine's electricity generation equipment means that power outages are inevitable, YASNO General Director, Serhii Kovalenko, wrote on Facebook.

"As a result of (Russian) shelling, we lost 8 GW of capacity. and maneuvering capacities, such as thermal power plants or hydroelectric plants," he said.

"Therefore, a difficult period awaits us. Not so much in the summer, when we will (also) experience these outages, but (more so) in the winter... unfortunately, outages are inevitable for you and me."

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The situation is extremely difficult, Kovalenko said.

"There has been complete dissonance in recent weeks," he said.

"Despite the shelling, you and I had no idea how difficult the situation was... We lost most of our maneuvering generation... imports are physically limited and the demand for electricity is increasing significantly due to the low temperature."

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Controlled emergency blackouts were introduced in all regions of Ukraine due to a significant shortage of electricity in the system on May 14. It was reported that such restrictions will be in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 14.

For industrial consumers, the capacity limitation schedules were to be in effect throughout the day on May 15.

Controlled emergency shutdowns will be introduced for industrial and household consumers on May 15, from 7:25 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Ukrenergo again applied controlled emergency shutdowns for industrial and household consumers in all regions of Ukraine from 6:40 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on May 15.

Emergency shutdowns continue to operate in Kyiv, Yasno reported.

Disconnections will affect only 10% of consumers in Kyiv, the Kyiv City Military Administration (KMVA) said.

The shutdown was canceled in Kyiv and the Odesa, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts, but the situation in the power system remains extremely difficult,DTEK said later.

Russian missile strike destroyed the largest power plant in Kyiv Oblast, the Trypillia Thermal Power Plant (TPP) on April 11, resulting in a 100% loss of Centrenergo's generation.

It was the largest supplier of electricity to Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr oblasts.

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The Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) lost both of its generating power units. The dam withstood the attack, but the equipment was destroyed, and it may take years to restore the plant.

The CHPP-5 in Kharkiv was destroyed and its restoration it is like building a new facility, which will also take several years.

The Zmiyiv TPP (part of Centrenergo) in Kharkiv Oblast was also destroyed. 

Energy giant DTEK Group (beneficiary - Rinat Akhmetov) said it had lost 80% of its generation

All power units at the Burshtyn and Ladyzhyn TPPs were damaged

A gas storage facility in western Ukraine was also damaged.

Two HPPs were decommissioned as of May 9.

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