25 Jan 2023 14:17

Capacity deficit in Ukraine's energy system growing due to cold spell - Ukrenergo

MOSCOW. Jan 25 (Interfax) - Power consumption in Ukraine is increasing, and so is the capacity shortage in the energy system, as air temperatures decline, Ukrainian media said, citing the Ukrenergo power grid operator.

The amount of electricity being generated at power plants cannot cover all of Ukraine's electricity needs in full, the company said on social media.

"The power consumption limits valid for 24 hours have been imposed in all regions," Ukrenergo said, adding that emergency power outages have to be introduced in places where these limits are exceeded.

Power infrastructure in a number of Ukraine's southern and eastern regions was damaged in the past day, the company said. Repairs are continuing at some facilities.

"Ukrenergo, electricity producers and regional power distribution companies have been working non-stop to repair damaged facilities," the power grid operator said.

Regional distribution system operators said earlier that Ukrenergo kept the daytime power consumption limits for Wednesday at Tuesday's level, but raised the nighttime limits in the Poltava and Dnepropetrovsk regions. According to YASNO company general director Sergei Kovalenko, 65% of Kiev's electricity needs and 54% of the electricity needs of the Dnepropetrovsk region, including Dnepropetrovsk itself, are being covered.