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Shmyhal: Ukraine has already lost 9 GW of power generation capacity

As of May, there was a shortfall of 8 GW.

Shmyhal: Ukraine has already lost 9 GW of power generation capacity
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal
Photo: Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine has already lost nine gigawatts of generation capacity as a result of Russian attacks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.

As of 14 May, the State Energy Supervision Inspectorate reported that the loss of capacity was eight gigawatts. Thus, in the previous days, Russia destroyed another GW.

At the government meeting, Denys Shmyhal stated that the situation in the energy sector is very difficult. 

‘At present, Ukrenergo is once again forced to resort to scheduled power outages. This will buy us time to restore and strengthen the power system,’ he said.

The government has a recovery strategy:

  • strengthening air defence
  • repair of damaged equipment and further development of drone defences
  • decentralisation of the power system
  • international support and cooperation
  • energy efficiency and responsible electricity consumption

On 1 June, Russia launched a targeted attack on Ukraine's energy sector. The attack damaged the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station and two thermal power plants. Emergency, not just scheduled, power outages began again.

For comparison, in 2022, when Russia had just started destroying Ukraine's energy sector, the country lost three GW of generation, which led to supply restrictions across the country.

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