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Ukrainian energy investor estimates time needed to restore infrastructure after Russian strikes

Ukrainian energy investor estimates time needed to restore infrastructure after Russian strikes Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

As a result of Russian strikes on Ukraine's infrastructure, 50% of generating capacity has been damaged. Currently, they are not operational, reports the Executive Director of DTEK Group, a leading private investor in Ukraine's energy sector, Dmytro Sakharuk.

According to him, the most difficult situation is currently in the Kharkiv region, where the largest number of households are without power. As for the Odesa region, there are schedules for stabilization outages in place.

Residents of the Kryvyi Rih district in the Dnipro region are being urged to use electricity wisely to get through the tough period without shutdowns.

Due to constant shelling, many outages are occurring in the Donetsk, Sumy, and Kherson regions.

"The damage is very serious. Energy workers across Ukraine are working on restoration, which could take months or even longer," Sakharuk said.

Power outages in Ukraine

After the massive shelling of Ukraine on March 22, Kharkiv was left without electricity. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov announced the destruction of thermal power plants and transformer substations.

According to the mayor of Kharkiv, on the third day after the Russian attack, power was restored to 40% of consumers.

As reported by the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Synieuhubov, the region has hourly power outage schedules in place from March 25 to March 31.

It was later reported that during the drone kamikaze attacks on Odesa and the region, the Russians damaged objects of the energy infrastructure. In particular, DTEK noted that overnight, occupiers damaged one of the high-voltage energy facilities of Ukrenergo. As a result, residents of the Peresypsky district of Odesa were left without power.

Yesterday it became known that emergency power outage schedules are being introduced in Kryvyi Rih. Additionally, in Kharkiv and the region, hourly power outage schedules are in place from March 25 until the end of the month.