3 Mar 2023 12:04

Ukraine considering connection of 20-25 gas stations to network - Ukrenergo

MOSCOW. March 3 (Interfax) - Ukrenergo has chosen the best points for connection of gas stations to the Ukrainian power grid, and 20-25 projects of the kind may be implemented, Ukrenergo Network Operation and Development Director Alexei Brekht said.

"We are involved in this process and have chosen the best points of flow and the need for such stations. The establishment or implementation of about 20-25 projects of the kind is being discussed," the Ukrainian media quoted Brekht as telling journalists at an Ukrenergo substation.

He said the company had proposed installation sites to meet certain criteria, such as steady supply, availability of critical infrastructure, and optimal use of the capacities consistent with the needs of the unified power grid.

Brekht noted that the company had not received applications for connecting such facilities but said "the process might start developing in a landslide in the coming weeks." "We are prepared for that," the Ukrenergo board member said.

In his words, the installations will definitely not be connected to 750kV or 330kV substations, yet information as to where the connection is possible has been prepared.

"We have told the Energy Ministry everything, and they are considering these issues, including with international partners that are ready to provide such equipment," Brekht said.

Back in early February, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supplied Ukraine with the first General Electric gas-turbine station of 25MW (it was reported later that the turbine had a capacity of 28MW).

"This is a practical step towards "decentralization of the power grid, the development of which is part of the strategic plan of Ukraine. The launch of such a station will increase the reliability of power supply," Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said when the equipment was handed over.