9 Dec 2022 10:19

Ukraine imports power generators for $60 mln over past 2 weeks

MOSCOW. Dec 9 (Interfax) - Ukraine has imported power generators and generating equipment worth $60 million over the past two weeks, the country's First Deputy Economy Minister Denis Kudin said.

"The second largest imports for the past two weeks have been generators and generating equipment. It is the second largest import after fuel. Over these two weeks, we have imported such equipment for $60 million, and information received from companies shows that the number of generators which are now on their way and are expected to be delivered in the second half of December, in January, February, and March is simply off the scale," Ukrainian media quoted Kudin as saying during a discussion at the Center for Economic Strategy on Thursday.

Lvov and Kiev are paying business compensation of 75% of the generators' price, he said.

France has provided 100 medium-capacity power generators to help Ukraine get through the heating season, Ukrainian media said, citing the Economy Ministry's website.

The transferred load includes power generators with a capacity from 5 kV to 10 kV, as well as from 12 kVA to 40 kVA, the ministry said.

"The equipment in question was purchased in France and delivered to Ukraine with the help of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism," it said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, in turn, said that Slovakia plans to send some 300 power generators to Ukraine before the end of this year.

"Ukraine greatly appreciates Slovakia's assistance in overcoming the energy crisis, in particular, plans to transfer about 300 generators this month," Ukrainian media quoted Kuleba as saying at a joint press conference with Slovak Foreign Minister Rastislav Kacer in Kiev on Thursday.

"The generators should help civilians first of all - schools, hospitals," he said.

Kuleba also thanked his Slovak counterpart for this assistance and announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the two countries' Foreign Ministries.