Ukraine suspended electricity imports from Russia, Belarus during quarantine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ban will be valid during the quarantine and 30 days after it's over
23:25, 8 April 2020

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The National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy and Utilities of Ukraine (NCSREU) canceled auctions that distribute the capacity of interstate ties with Russia and Belarus for 2020, as the NCSREU press service reports.

The corresponding decision, which regulates the period of quarantine and another 30 days after its end, was adopted by the regulator at a meeting today, April 8.

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"To the transmission system operator: cancel all the results of annual auctions, at which bandwidth is allocated for 2020, regarding interstate ties between Ukraine and states that are not parties to the Energy Community (Russia and Belarus, - 112 International)," - the decision said.

The regulator also instructed state-owned company Ukrenergo to refund the costs paid for capacity, which was divided at annual auctions for 2020 in terms of interstate relations between Ukraine and the abovementioned countries.

The head of the National Commission, Valery Tarasyuk, noted that such a decision was compelled due to the declared nation-wide quarantine.

"Given this situation in the country, we decided to cancel the annual auctions for bandwidth allocation. And limit to zero, that is, actually cancel, the monthly and daily auctions. In connection with the situation, every dollar should remain in the country," he said.

As we reported before, the overall volume of gas transit across Ukraine in January-March 2020 fell twice in comparison with the same period in 2014-2019.

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