Ukraine struggles with energy crisis as 73% of large TPPs out of action – PM Shmyhal

Only 27% of large TPPs are operating in Ukraine
Only 27% of large TPPs are operating in Ukraine

Most large thermal power plants in Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed by Russian strikes, with only 27% of TPPs currently operating, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said during the national telethon program on June 8.

"The situation in the energy sector is very difficult, it is obvious," Shmyhal said.

“Russia has destroyed 50% of our electricity generation capacity. In fact, as of today, we have lost 9.2 GW of electricity due to missile and drone attacks, which is half of our capacity, which we used to have last winter, for example.”

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73% of large thermal power plants are out of operation due to severe damage and destruction. The Russians also destroyed 42 power units and damaged 20 hydropower units, which are also currently out of operation.

"We are working on protection in order to protect what we are restoring and what has been preserved," the Ukrainian head of government said.

“We are working to increase electricity imports from the EU. We have a physical capacity of 2.2 GW, while we are still politically allowed to import 1.7 GW. We are negotiating now and at all levels with the European Commission to ensure that the ability to import is opened to the maximum.”

Energy system deficit and rotating schedules in Ukraine

Russia has carried out five missile and drone attacks on Ukraine's power system since March 22. Due to the damage, Ukrainian power plants cannot produce as much electricity as before the attacks, Ukrenergo said.

Controlled emergency blackouts were introduced in all regions of Ukraine on May 14 due to a significant electricity shortage.

All major thermal and hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine were damaged by Russian strikes, Ukrenergo reported on May 20.

The company urged consumers to shift the use of powerful electrical appliances to daytime hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Russia's goal is a complete blackout in Ukraine, Energy Minister German Halushchenko said during a meeting with EU member state officials at the IAEA on June 6. The energy situation in Ukraine is currently worse than it has been over the past two years.

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