Ukraine has recovered virtually all thermal generation facilities damaged by Russian missile and drone attacks late in 2022 and early in 2023.
Source: Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine and Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, on Facebook
Quote: "Thermal generation facilities have been repaired by almost 100%. Meanwhile, we are working on providing backup capacities in case of emergency," Kubrakov said.
Details: He also said over 65% of the more than 700 heating facilities damaged by the Russian forces have been recovered.
"In general, as of today [31 July 2023], the preparation level of utility facilities for stable operation in the autumn-winter period of 2023/2024 is about 60%. This is a basic readiness indicator at this point of the year," said Kubrakov.
He voiced confidence that Ukraine will be 100% technically ready for the start of the heating season by 1 October, provided that all parties involved work in a coordinated manner.
Background: Earlier, Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian national energy company, reported on the readiness of the power system for winter and the prospects for blackouts.
Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of the company, said Ukrenergo was preparing for the worst-case scenario in winter, with multiple attacks on the country's power grid, but is absolutely confident that the backbone grid will be ready to operate smoothly during the next heating season.
At the same time, he clarified that the Ukrainian power grid will not only be prepared for winter but will also have a safety margin.
Among other things, Kudrytskyi said certain non-standard engineering solutions are being applied, and backup power supply schemes are being created to provide consumers with power supply in winter in case the main ones are damaged.
He said that taking into account last winter’s experience, emergency response protocols will be updated; Ukrenergo seeks solutions to how to respond to emergencies, how to reconnect consumers to the power grid and in what sequence it has to be done.