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Power generation in Ukraine falls amid major capacity shortfall

In Ukraine, electricity generation decreased due to emergency repair of one of the units at the thermal power plant.

As reported by Ukrinform, NEC Ukrenergo stated this via Telegram.

Electricity consumption in the country remains at yesterday’s level.

“One of the thermal plant units was placed under emergency repair, which reduced the total amount of electricity generation. The capacity shortfall remains significant,” the statement read.

As a result of Russian missile and drone strikes, power plants (generating capacities) and the high-voltage grid were damaged. The last Russian attack on January 14 caused significant damage to several power units of thermal power plants.

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“Consumption limitation: due to a decrease in the total generation of electrical energy, the reduced consumption ceilings for the whole day have been transferred to all regional distributors,” the statement read.

Ukrenergo pointed out that each regional distribution operator draws up scheduled hourly interruption schedules, which should guarantee consumption in the region within the corresponding limit. Exceeding the limit creates risks of emergency situations in the electrical system. Therefore, emergency stops are used to prevent them.

In addition, in the front-line areas of the Donetsk region, there is damage to the networks of the transmission system operator.

As noted, Ukrenergo, electricity producers and distribution companies are constantly working to restore facilities damaged by enemy attacks. However, after each subsequent attack on the energy infrastructure, recovery becomes increasingly difficult and takes longer.

“Ukraine’s energy system has already survived 12 enemy missile attacks and 14 UAV attacks on energy facilities. Furthermore, more than 10 GW of the main installed capacities are currently inaccessible to the Ukrainian energy system and are under control enemy. This is the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Ukraine and Europe, as well as Zaporizhia TPP, Luhansk TPP, Vuhehirska TPP and Kakhovska HPP,” the statement read.

In addition, most of the wind and solar power plants are also located in the temporarily occupied territories of southern Ukraine. Ukrenergo is also aware that, in addition to nuclear power plants, other power plants are part of key regulatory capacities. They are the ones that provide coverage for consumption during peak morning and afternoon hours, when the current shortage is greatest.

As Ukrinform reported, on January 14, the Russian invaders carried out another missile attack against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Repair work is being carried out on all objects damaged by shelling.

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