Ukraine plans record electricity imports after Russian attacks

Russian strikes have wreaked havoc on Ukraine’s power sector, prompting unprecedented imports. Ukraine will source power from Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Moldova. 

Ukraine plans to import record amounts of electricity from its neighboring countries after sustaining critical energy infrastructure damage from targeted Russian attacks, the country’s energy minister said on Monday. 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy disclosed plans to procure a staggering 19,484 MWh of electricity, surpassing the previous record of 18,649 MWh in March, Reuters reported. 

The country will source power from five of its neighboring European nations: Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Moldova. 

National electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo said on Telegram: “The power system has been experiencing a significant electricity shortage for most of the day.” 

Urkenergo noted that the urgency of the situation necessitated swift action, with emergency assistance already provided by the EU on Monday morning. 

TSO added that power curbs for industrial consumers are expected in the evening as “restricting consumption is a necessary measure to maintain the stability of the power system after the fifth targeted missile attack on power plants this year.”. 

“The reason for this is large-scale damage to Ukrainian power plants, which means they cannot produce as much electricity as before the attack,” the operator said. 

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