Aid toward increasing generation capacity, air defense: energy chief Galushchenko meets recovery envoy Pritzker

Aid toward increasing generation capacity, air defense: energy chief Galushchenko meets recovery envoy Pritzker

The Minister of Energy of Ukraine, German Galushchenko, held a meeting with the U.S. President’s Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery, Penny Pritzker. The parties met during the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin.

That's according to the ministry's press service, Ukrinform reports.

"We have lost 9 GW of capacity over the past few months. Attacks continue and it is difficult to estimate what losses will have ahead of winter. Our main task now is to increase generation capacity as much as possible and protect our energy facilities," minister said.

Galushchenko emphasized the efforts being made by energy repair crews at facilities damaged by Russians strikes. To this end, international assistance is attracted, in particular, the equipment of decommissioned power plants that can be used at Ukrainian facilities, is being studied in partner countries.

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Work is also being done to increase the capacity of distributed generation by installing gas turbines, gas piston units, and powerful generators. The minister stressed that coordination of international efforts to supply the said equipment is critical. The parties discussed measures that can be taken by the U.S. State Department and partners from the G7+ group in the process.

The minister noted that the Government of Ukraine is removing obstacles to importing and installing equipment for decentralized generation.

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During the meeting, special attention was paid to the protection of Ukraine's energy facilities, in particular to the strengthening of air defense capabilities.

The special representative assured that the United States would continue to support Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression, including on the “energy front”.

Photo from the Ministry of Energy

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