6 Feb 2023 13:13

Power consumption won't be limited in Kiev and in Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk regions at nighttime - DTEK

MOSCOW. Feb 6 (Interfax) - DTEK, a leading Ukrainian energy holding, has announced stable power supply in Kiev and in the Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk region at nighttime.

"Kiev (1,152 MW), the Kiev region (833 MW), and the Dnepropetrovsk region (1,422 MW). Such limits allow for applying stabilizing outage schedules in Kiev and in the Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk regions. Power consumption will not be restricted at nighttime," Ukrainian media quoted DTEK as saying on its social account.

At the same time, the Odessa region is continuing to experience major problems with power supply because of an accident at an Ukrenergo substation, it said.

Sergei Kovalenko, head of the YASNO power supply company, said the national power grid operator Ukrenergo set significantly more relaxed restrictions for Ukraine's regions than usual on Saturday, February 4. "Most likely, this is because it was impossible to supply certain amounts of electricity to the Odessa region, and therefore, those amounts were distributed among other regions," Kovalenko said.

It was planned originally that no power consumption limits would be set in Kiev until 4:00 p.m. on Monday. However, stabilizing power supply schedules had to be applied in some parts of the city in the morning, as the local grids are unable to transmit such amounts of electricity so far, Kovalenko said.

"The damage has not yet been eliminated fully to bring the infrastructure's operations back to normal, and therefore, stabilizing outages had to be used again. This should help avert major disruptions in the city," he said.

Meanwhile, Ukrenergo said that power consumption in Ukraine is growing, which is prompted not only by the start of the working week but also by a cold spell.

"Therefore, a capacity shortage persists in the country, which is especially noticeable during morning and evening hours (consumption peaks). The available volume of power generation is insufficient to cover consumption in full," Ukrainian media quoted Ukrenergo as saying on its social account.

Ukrenergo warned of possible emergency outages if the limits set for regional grid operators (oblenergo) are exceeded.

Transmission restrictions are still being applied in Kiev and in the Kiev and Odessa regions, it said.