Ukraine to focus on protecting energy facilities during heating season - minister

Ukraine to focus on protecting energy facilities during heating season - minister

Minister of Energy German Galushchenko held a working field meeting in Poltava, during which the issues of preparing for the heating season, protecting the energy infrastructure, and ensuring uninterrupted operation of key enterprises in the region were discussed.

This was reported by the press service of the Energy Ministry, Ukrinform saw.

"The next heating season, as President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly stated, will be more difficult than the one we have gone through. We expect that Russia’s terror will continue. Therefore, the focus is not only on the repair campaign, but also on the protection of energy facilities," Galushchenko said.

Dmytro Lunin, the chief of the Poltava regional Military Administration, , noted that in preparation for the heating season, generators with a capacity of more than 100 kW are being purchased with the funds of the regional budget and international donors for better autonomy of critical enterprises in case of long-term blackouts.

Read also: Preparations for heating season should be accelerated – PM Shmyhal

In order to ensure the functioning of critical infrastructure amid limited consumption, the minister separately emphasized the need to increase generation within the region, in particular through gas output, noting that this would enable electricity supply for critical infrastructure even in the event of Russian strikes.

According to Serhiy Koretskyi, the CEO PJSC Ukrnafta, by the end of the year, a 6% increase in oil production and a slight increase in gas production are expected. He also reported on the completion of work on improving the physical protection of the company's mining and production facilities.

Dmytro Lyppa, CEO Gas TSO of Ukraine, for his part, said that an additional gas turbine plant with a capacity of up to 28 MW is set to be installed in Poltava region to ensure the stable operation of the gas transmission system.

As reported, on August 10, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal held a meeting with the Minister of Energy and Ukrenergo management to determine priorities for the supply of energy equipment and discuss sources of financing.


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