16 Nov 2022 12:43

Ukrenergo announces scheduled hourly power cuts plus emergency blackouts across Ukraine on Wed

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax) - Ukrenergo, the operator of Ukraine's high-voltage power lines, will resort to scheduled hourly power cuts as well as emergency blackouts throughout the country on Wednesday.

"Scheduled hourly power cuts and, additionally, emergency blackouts will be used all over Ukraine today, on November 16," Ukrainian media quoted Ukrenergo as saying.

The company has asked residents to treat the increase of the length of power use curbs with understanding.

"These power consumption curbs are a necessary measure for maintaining the stability of the power system," it said.

Kirill Timoshenko, deputy head of President Vladimir Zelensky's Office, in turn, said that power supplies were restored to Kiev and a number of the country's regions on Wednesday morning. Blackouts are still affecting 45,000 to 105,000 consumers in other regions.

Ukrainian media outlets said, citing Timoshenko's social media post published on Wednesday morning, that efforts to restore power supplies are continuing in the Volyn region (where 45,000 consumers are currently without electricity), the Zhitomir, Sumy and Ternopol regions (90,000 consumers without electricity), the Kharkov region (90,000), and the Khmelnitsky region (105,000).

Meanwhile, power supplies have been restored to Kiev and the Kiev, Ivano-Frankovsk, Odesa, Rovno, Cherkassy, Chernovtsy, and Chernigov regions.

"Power and water supplies have been restored by 95% in the Lvov region," according to the report.

As reported, Ukrenergo introduced scheduled hourly power cuts as well as emergency blackouts across Ukraine on November 16 due to significant damage inflicted on power infrastructure facilities.