Ivan Kolko, first deputy chairman of the Ukrainian parliament’s budget committee, said that by November 4, more than half of the power units at thermal power plants in Ukraine were out of service.
In a television interview, Kolko added, “For generating electricity, 88 power units are operating in our country. Today, 37 of them are in operation. 51 units remain idle, and half of them are not working due to the lack of fuel.”
According to him, yesterday, the “Trepolskaya” thermal power plant, which is one of the largest generating stations in the Kiev region, stopped working, due to the minimal supply of coal.
The deputy warned that “this is a serious problem. What will we do if the lack of electricity causes the power to be cut off to vital institutions, including hospitals.”
The parliamentarian added that the authorities in “respectable countries” usually start working in such cases to solve these problems.
Earlier, the company “UkrEnergo” reported that Ukraine was forced to use emergency assistance from the Belarusian power system, and it rented about 3,500 megawatts / hour.
At the end of September, Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushenko announced that his country has not fully implemented plans to accumulate coal reserves for the heating season and intends to increase its domestic production, as well as its import. But then Prime Minister Denis Shmyal stressed that Ukraine is fully prepared for the heating season amid Europe’s energy crisis, and the whole country will be warm next winter.
Source: RIA Novosti
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