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Russia shells power substation in Dnipropetrovsk region: Energy Ministry comments on situation

Russia shells power substation in Dnipropetrovsk region: Energy Ministry comments on situation Photo: The situation with energy shortages in Ukraine after the Russian air attack on the night of January 30 (GettyImages)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russian troops shelled a substation in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Currently, there is no shortage of electricity in Ukraine's power system, the press service of the Ministry of Energy reports.

According to the Ministry of Energy, the needs of consumers are currently covered by their generation and commercial imports.

"After a short-term emergency repair, a thermal power plant building was put on standby, with a total of five thermal power plant units in reserve, which will be used if necessary. The system is balanced," the statement says.

The Ministry emphasizes that it is important to reduce the load on the power system during peak consumption hours (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

"The situation is under control. No blackout schedules are applied," the Ministry of Energy informs.

Russian shelling consequences

At the same time, the Ministry's press service reports that a fire broke out at a substation of Ukrenergo in the Dnipropetrovsk region as a result of Russian shelling.

"The local enterprise was de-energized (the technological process was disrupted)," the statement says.

The shelling also damaged power grids in the Semenivka community in the Chernihiv region, leaving more than 800 consumers in six settlements without electricity.

The fighting in Kostiantynivka has cut off power to the distribution system operator's equipment, and the substation and household consumers have been disconnected.

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant situation

The water level in the cooling pond is currently 15.60 meters. According to the Ministry of Energy, this is enough to meet the needs of the plant.

Import and export

For the current day, electricity imports are forecasted at 4743 MWh. No exports are expected.

Power system situation in Ukraine

Earlier, Ukrenergo CEO Volodymyr Kudrytskyi said that the chronic problem of the power system and the main reason for the periodic electricity shortages is the consequences of Russian shelling last winter and the fact that a large number of powerful power plants are under occupation.

Also, the day before, Energoatom warned that the 6-year period of nuclear fuel in all six reactors at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) controlled by the Russian occupiers would soon expire.

Deputy Energy Minister Svitlana Hrynchuk recently emphasized that consumers must pay their electricity bills because energy companies need money to restore the power grid after massive missile attacks.