9 Feb 2023 15:01

Work underway to deal with aftermath of high-voltage grid breakdown in Odessa

MOSCOW. Feb 9 (Interfax) - Power supply of Odessa has somewhat improved following a major breakdown on a local high-voltage grid, as critical infrastructure elements have been connected to power generators and extra volumes of electricity have been provided to local customers, Odessa regional military administration head Maxim Marchenko said.

"The situation has somewhat improved now. It's been possible to provide an extra amount of electricity to Odessa and the surrounding area. Schedules that DTEK is supposed to announce no later than tonight are being tested," Ukrainian media quoted Marchenko as saying on his social account.

"After generators have been connected to critical infrastructure elements and some other measures have been taken, of which I can't speak on the whole, we've been able to improve the situation in the area and in the city," he said.

Marchenko said he had a "conversation with the head of Ukrenergo [national power grid operator] as regards increasing [power consumption] limits for the Odessa region."

At the same time, according to the regional administration, there were over 100 local grid failures in the Odessa area last night, and instructions have been given to address each of them.

As reported earlier, a high-voltage power grid in Odessa experienced a major breakdown on February 4.