Expert Plachkov: Ukraine is short of equipment to support its energy system
MOSCOW, November 26 – RIA Novosti. Former Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov said that Ukraine is experiencing a serious shortage of equipment to support its power system, there are no powerful transformers left in reserve and the production of new units could take up to six months.
Volodymyr Kudrytsky, chairman of the board of directors of the national energy company Ukrenergo, said earlier that Ukraine is looking for equipment “all over the world” to repair and restore damaged power grid facilities, previously prepared equipment was used due to new missile attacks.
“Ukraine has huge problems with equipment to maintain its energy system, because all the spare equipment has already been used. It will not be possible to buy this equipment from other countries. This is especially true for powerful transformers that do not have a backup. UNIAN quoted Plachkov.
He noted that such units were produced for about four to five months, some even half a year. The specialist noted that it is now impossible to obtain them in other countries, especially since there is a different voltage class for high-voltage equipment.
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy reported that all nuclear power plants and most thermal and hydroelectric power stations were temporarily de-energized due to Russian attacks, leaving the vast majority of electricity consumers without power. On Thursday, the Department of Energy reported that the power supply of critical infrastructure facilities has been restored.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on November 23, a major blow was dealt to Ukraine’s military command and control system and related energy facilities, all designated facilities were hit.
Attacks on the Ukrainian infrastructure of the Russian Armed Forces began on October 10, two days after the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, behind which, according to Russian authorities, the Ukrainian special services stood. Attacks are made on energy, defense industry, military command and communication facilities. Since then, air raid warnings have been issued every day in parts of Ukraine, and sometimes throughout the country. After the November 15 strikes, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that almost half of the country’s energy system has been shut down.
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