23 Dec 2022 13:31

Capacity deficit in Ukraine's power grid decreasing but remains substantial - Ukrenergo

MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax) - A capacity deficit in Ukraine's power grid decreased a bit as of 11 a.m. on Friday but remained substantial, the Ukrainian media said, quoting the Ukrenergo head.

"A capacity deficit in the power grid decreased a bit by the morning of December 23 but remained substantial. All types of generation are at work. A unit connected to the power grid yesterday has reached the rated capacity," a statement, published on a social network, said.

There are still some limitations on electricity transmission because of the damaged power lines, Ukrenergo said. Hence, all regions have been informed about electricity caps, which lead to emergency power outages if exceeded.

"There is damage to electric networks in the east," Ukrenergo said.

Energoatom connected the ninth nuclear power unit, which was put under maintenance on December 18 to fix the uncovered defects, to the national power grid at 7 a.m. on December 22. Once Ukrenergo lifts the capacity restrictions on the unit, it will reach the rated capacity of 1,000 MW and Ukraine will have the full capacity of nuclear power units in the territory it controls at its disposal.