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Russia knocks out 80% of Ukraine’s largest private power company generating capacities

80% of DTEK's thermal power plants capacities were severely damaged or destroyed as a result of Russian attacks in March
80% of DTEK's thermal power plants capacities were severely damaged or destroyed as a result of Russian attacks in March

Russian strikes on Ukraine’s power grid in March damaged or destroyed 80% of DTEK’s thermal generating capacity (5 out of 6 power plants damaged), which was available before, Executive Director of DTEK Dmytro Sakharuk said on the national TV on March 30.

He said that on March 29 was the second largest attack on our facilities.

"Largest one was on March 22," he said.

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"A lot of generation and distribution facilities were damaged. We have 5 out of 6 thermal power plants damaged very badly, some units are almost completely destroyed, some partially," Sakharuk said.

He also noted that in March, Russia carried out more than ten attacks on DTEK's facilities.

Earlier it was reported that in March 2024, DniproHPP lost both power plants due to Russian missile strikes. Dam withstood the strikes, but the equipment has been destroyed, and it may take years to restore Dnipro HPP.

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In Kharkiv, CHPP-5 was destroyed, and restoring it might take several years.

Zmiivska TPP (part of Centrenergo) is destroyed, it is also located in Kharkiv Oblast.

Earlier, DTEK said it had lost 50% of its generation. "Current state is worse than it was last year," said YASNO CEO Serhiy Kovalenko.

All power units at Burshtyn and Ladyzhyn TPPs were damaged.

A gas storage facility in western Ukraine was damaged as well.

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Following the attack on March 22, emergency power outages were introduced in six oblasts of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovs'k, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kirovohrad, Poltava, and Sumy), with Kharkiv and Odesa being separately blacked out.

Ukraine started to import electricity at record levels.

Losses of power system are so huge that it is unclear whether Ukraine will be able to restore generation in time for the new heating season, as losses amounted at least 10% of national generation.

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