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Belgium to allocate €9 mln for Ukraine’s energy infrastructure

Belgium will allocate an additional 9 million euros in aid to Ukraine to repair its damaged energy infrastructure, Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Caroline Genne said on Friday.

“Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is old and too centralized, which makes it very vulnerable,” the minister said, as quoted by RTBF.

The 9 million euros will be channelled through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which has organized a system that allows for the rapid procurement of spare parts and the supply of new equipment to repair damaged or destroyed infrastructure. In doing so, UNDP “emphasizes sustainable and decentralized energy sources,” Genne explained.

According to her, “Together with military assistance, this support will help strengthen Ukraine’s resilience.”


EBRD to allocate EUR 372 mln to Ukrenergo for repairs of energy infrastructure

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a financing package under which NPC Ukrenergo will be allocated EUR 372 million to support urgent repair of damage caused by Russian bombing of civil energy infrastructure.
According to the bank’s press release, the company will be provided with a state-guaranteed loan of EUR 300 million, as well as a grant of EUR 72 million from the Netherlands.
In particular, EUR 150 million is provided for the purchase of equipment for emergency recovery work, another EUR 150 million is provided for the support of the capital structure of the NPC. Separately, part of the emergency repair loan will be supplemented by a grant from the Netherlands.
“This will be blended into a single EUR 372 million package to support the immediate transmission infrastructure restoration needs of Ukrenergo,” the EBRD said.
The Bank says that EBRD investments in Ukraine are made with the support of donors and partners. The United States of America, which has contributed $500 million to the EBRD’s Crisis Response Fund and is strongly committed to addressing to the impact of the war on Ukraine, will support up to 50 per cent of the EBRD’s loan with a funded guarantee.
“Urgent repairs on Ukraine’s electricity network is an immediate priority for the EBRD. The Ukrainian people and businesses need continued access to electricity to go through the winter. With this important financing, we will help Ukrenergo perform swift emergency repairs of damaged equipment, high voltage substations and transmission lines. It will ensure the continued provision of vital power transmission services during the heating season for Ukrainian households, businesses and communities,” said EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso.
“The EBRD condemns in the strongest possible way the unprovoked and unjustified Russia-led war on Ukraine and especially the strikes on civilian infrastructure,” the message reads.

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Repair crews of Ukrenergo working to eliminate consequences of attack on energy infrastructure facilities

Repair crews of NPC Ukrenergo are already working to eliminate the consequences of a Russian terrorist attack on energy infrastructure facilities in the central and northern regions of Ukraine.
“The situation in the power system is under control. However, the Ukrenergo dispatch center does not rule out the possibility of introducing emergency shutdown schedules. Therefore, it is important to save electricity consumption throughout the country, especially in the evening hours,” the company said in a statement.

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Companies belonging to the Polish Electricity Transmission and Distribution Association have provided Ukraine with auxiliary materials and equipment to carry out work to restore the energy infrastructure damaged as a result of Russian aggression, according to the website of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine on Tuesday.
“Due to the destruction caused by the hostilities, we see the need to support the energy system with materials and equipment, which will allow the resumption of electricity supplies in the most strategic directions,” president of the Polish Electricity Transmission and Distribution Association Robert Zasina said in a letter to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, cited by the department.
As explained in the energy department, members of the association launched a campaign to help Ukraine last week. Among the equipment provided are the most necessary, in particular low and medium voltage cables with auxiliary materials, medium/low voltage transformers, power generators and other types of equipment.
“I would like to express my special personal gratitude to Minister of Climate and Environment of Poland, Anna Moskwa, for her unwavering support for Ukraine, both on the political front and for real actions to strengthen our energy security,” Herman Haluschenko said.
According to the Ministry of Energy, the Polish energy sector will send the next batch of aid to the Ukrainian energy sector in the near future.
Transportation of goods for Ukraine is coordinated and organized by the Polish Government Agency for Strategic Reserves.

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DTEK Kyiv Grids provides for the volume of investments in the development of power grids in Kyiv at the level of UAH 8.8 billion in the plan for the development of the Kyiv energy infrastructure in 2020-2024, which is almost five times more than investments made in this direction over the previous five years. “According to the company’s forecasts, electricity consumption in Kyiv will grow by approximately 9% by 2024. In order to meet the growing needs of domestic customers and businesses and increase the reliability of the capital’s energy supply, we plan to invest UAH 8.8 billion in the development of energy infrastructure in Kyiv over five years,” Director General of DTEK Kyiv Grids Maris Kunickis said when presenting the development plan for the energy infrastructure of Kyiv for 2020-2024.
According to the data announced at the presentation, UAH 1.8 billion was invested in the development of the capital’s infrastructure in 2015-2019.
The plan of the development of energy infrastructure in Kyiv, in particular, provides for the construction by the end of 2024 of four new large substations of 110-10 kV: Odeska, Lukyanivska, Brest-Litovska, Kabelna Nova, as well as the construction of 51 kilometers of 110-35 kV power grids and the reconstruction of 1,753 kilometers of networks and 231 energy facilities.
“Now we are actively working on the launch of the new SCADA software dispatch system. By analyzing the information, it will not only be able to help manage the network, but will also predict possible emergencies and suggest solutions. This will significantly improve the quality of energy supply,” the expert said.