14 Nov 2019 17:30

Inter RAO signed commercial contracts on delivery of electricity to Ukraine in Sept

MOSCOW. Nov 14 (Interfax) - Inter RAO signed commercial contracts on deliveries of electricity from Russia to Ukraine in September, according to the company's quarterly report.

The company also noted that in June, it signed contracts with Ukrenergo on the parallel operation of the Ukrainian and Russian energy systems in order to address deviations from actual cross-flows of energy.

Inter RAO is the import-export operator for the Russian energy system.

On October 1, Ukraine resumed commercial imports of electricity from Russia when United Energy purchased 100 MW on a flat schedule.

"We confirm the resumption of deliveries. They are being carried out on a test basis and only with pre-payments," an Inter RAO representative said at the time. On Thursday, the representative declined to make further comments regarding the timeframe, conditions, and volumes stipulated in the contract.

Ukraine last carried out commercial imports of energy from Russia in 2015 under a contract between Ukrinterenergo and Inter RAO for further transmission to Crimea. The contract was valid through 2015 and envisaged the steady delivery of up to 1.5 GW of electricity. It was not renewed.

Ukraine imported 178 million kWh of power from Russia in 2014 and 2.296 billion in 2015. Since then, there had not been commercial imports, only small technical crossflows related to the parallel work of Ukraine's power system and those of bordering countries under Energomarket contracts.

The Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection is assuming 2.8-fold growth in electricity imports, to 4.14 billion kWh, in its 2020 balance sheet for the country's power system.