28 Feb 2023 12:44

Ukrenergo completes repairs following major blackout in Odessa - DTEK

MOSCOW. Feb 28 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian national power grid operator Ukrenergo has completed repairs following a major blackout in the city of Odessa and the surrounding area on Monday, the DTEK power supply company reported on Tuesday.

"This enables DTEK engineers to resume power supply to Odessa and the Odessa district," Ukrainian media quoted DTEK as saying on its social account.

As of 5:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m.) on Monday, power supply was restored to all critical infrastructure elements, and engineers are currently powering up households, it said.

"Power engineers are doing all they can to fully resume electricity supply in the area in the near future," DTEK said.

Power supply to the city of Odessa and the surrounding area has been resumed on a provisional basis, Ukrenergo said.

"Power supply to Odessa and the Odessa district was resumed on Monday evening. Odessa has been powered up using provisional arrangements now, but we will keep working to improve reliability by the end of the week, and therefore, minor restrictions are possible," Ukrainian media quoted Ukrenergo as saying on its social account.

At the same time, it admitted that the situation in some regions remains complicated. "Some regional grids in the Kharkov and Sumy regions have been damaged, and some communities have been cut off from power supply. Repairs are continuing," it said.

On the whole, Ukrenergo said no power consumption restrictions and limits have been set for other regions, as no electricity shortage is expected in the system for the time being.

All types of power plants are operating, and the seasonal flood enables hydropower plants to actively generate electricity, Ukrenergo said.

Power consumption currently stands at a level typical for an average working day, it said.