Russian War Against Ukraine: Energy Dimension | DiXi Group Alert – weekly review
September 11 – 17
— In addition to shelling Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure, the russian federation has focused on attacking gas pipelines and petroleum transportation infrastructure.
— Ukraine has regained control over oil and gas drilling platforms off the coast of Crimea in the Black Sea, which the Russian Federation recently occupied.
— The country’s overall readiness for the heating season is at the level of 80% – Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Almost 80% of CHP equipment has been repaired, and 15,200 boiling houses, about 84% of heating networks, 78% of central heating points, more than 80% of residential buildings, and 86% of schools, kindergartens, and hospitals are ready for the winter season.
— Also, the protection constructions for energy facilities were built. Seven NPP units are in operation, while two units are planned for launch soon. Thirty-five hydroelectric power units with a capacity of 2.3 GW have been repaired or are being repaired. By the beginning of the heating season, 25 TPP units with a total capacity of 4.5 GW are expected to be put into operation.
— The Ministry of Energy denied the information disseminated in the media about the application of electricity outage schedules in Ukraine from October 1, 2023.
— During June-August 2023, the nuclear power plants of Ukraine produced over 119% of the electricity planned output.
— A stable water level is recorded in the Zaporizhzhya NPP cooling pond. The territory of the ZNPP remains mined, while the IAEA mission still does not have access to the roofs and turbine halls of the ZNPP’s reactors.
— Energoatom and Westinghouse signed a memorandum of understanding regarding building the Westinghouse AP300 small modular reactors in Ukraine.
— The first delivery of uranium mined by the SkhidGZK was shipped to Canada, where Ukrainian uranium will be used to produce nuclear fuel for Ukraine’s NPPs at the facilities of CAMECO. Also, Ukraine is working on increasing uranium production – Minister of Energy Herman Galushchenko.
— The Regulator approved the rules for the capacity allocation of interconnectors with Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. The electricity import capacity from the EU is 1.2 GW, with the prospect of increasing to 2 GW.
— To ensure importing electricity during the heating period, the Regulator has developed a draft government resolution on a new PSO scheme, which envisages the provision of the system reliability service by the Energy Company of Ukraine JSC to the transmission system operator with respective reimbursement by the TSO.
— Also, the Regulator suggests leaving price caps on the electricity market (DAM, IDM, and balancing market segments) at the current level.
— The Regulator plans to revoke the licensing of cogeneration plants (with a capacity of up to 3 MW), which are used as a backup energy source for critical infrastructure facilities, heat supply, water supply and drainage facilities, and social institutions during electricity outages.
— Meanwhile, the USAID Energy Security Project will finance the installation of small and medium-capacity cogeneration plants in Ukrainian local communities.
— The Cabinet of Ministers appointed Naftogaz Ukraine Gas Supplying Company LLC as the supplier of last resort for the period of martial law and the following six months.