Ukraine is guaranteed to pass the heating season without interruption of energy supply – Minister of Energy

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The high level of utilization of nuclear power plants and the availability of sufficient production reserves, as well as a reduction in gas consumption and the start of its imports are key factors that will ensure the stable passage of Ukraine during the season heating 2021-2022.

This was stated by Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

“All of this gives us the opportunity to spend the heating season in peace, and we will go through February and March of this year in peace, without any problems,” the minister said.

According to him, the distinctive feature of the current heating season is an increase in electricity consumption in the country and a decrease in the volume of gas used. In particular, electricity consumption on some days this winter began to exceed 25 MW, while gas extraction from underground storage facilities in January amounted to 2.4 billion cubic meters instead of the more than 3 billion cubic meters planned.

Ukraine has managed to cover the increase in electricity consumption volumes mainly thanks to the maximum use of nuclear production capacities – Energoatom’s 15 power plants are currently in operation – as well as a stable and sufficient supply in TPP coal.

“These volumes arriving by sea are sufficient for a stable passage of the heating season and maintaining an appropriate level of coal reserves in the warehouses of thermal power plants,” Haluschenko said.

Currently, according to the Minister, the reserve of generation capacity in Ukraine is 600 MW – for Energoatom, 400 MW – for thermal generation companies and about 2,500 MW – for hydroelectric power stations and storage power stations by pumping.

“What is important in terms of gas is also such an event as the start of its import, and we are talking about pumping gas for the sustainable passage of the next heating season, and there is also very new important – it is an increase in guaranteed volumes of gas import capacity”, underlined the Minister.

In particular, according to him, the guaranteed volume of imports from Slovakia was increased to 42 million cubic meters per day, and the volume of imports from Hungary was set at 8 million cubic meters per day.

“Accordingly, we are talking about the fact that Ukraine already has the opportunity to import gas in the amount of 50 million cubic meters per day, which is absolutely enough to properly fill the gas storage facilities for the next season. heating,” summed up Haluschenko. .

As reported, NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy plans to import around 300 million cubic meters of gas from Hungary, Slovakia and Poland in February.

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