Energy consumption restrictions remain due to Russian attacks, Ukrenergo states

Ukrenergo cannot predict when the energy consumption restrictions can be lifted
Ukrenergo cannot predict when the energy consumption restrictions can be lifted

Ukrenergo’s chairman Volodymyr Kudrytskyi said that it's currently impossible to predict when industrial energy consumption restrictions, imposed after the Russian attacks on May 8, will be lifted, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"Any forecaster will look more like someone practicing fortune-telling," he said.

"It depends entirely on the attacks, their type, and the damage they cause... It's hard to predict. We're working to restore as much generation as possible and remove the restrictions."

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The energy sector started limiting electricity consumption on the evening of May 8. These restrictions extended into the night on May 9-10, lasting until 7 a.m. The reduction was necessary due to a shortage of power generation after the attacks, which caused two hydroelectric power stations to shut down on May 8, along with substantial damage to three DTEK thermal power plants. Power imports haven't been enough to fill the gap.

Overnight on May 8, Russia fired more than 50 missiles and 20 drones at energy infrastructure in Lviv, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts. This marked the fifth large-scale attack targeting energy facilities since March 22.

Centerenergo completely lost its generation capacity after the Trypillia TPP was destroyed. The TEC-5 plant in Kharkiv was also ruined, and its restoration will take years, about the same as building a new facility. Kharkiv Oblast's Zmiyiv TPP, also part of Centerenergo, was destroyed.

The DTEK Group (controlled by Rinat Akhmetov) announced an 80% loss of its generation. All power units of the Burshtynska and Ladyzhynska TPPs were damaged, a gas storage facility in western Ukraine was hit, and two hydroelectric power plants were decommissioned as of May 9.

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