The Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine has revised the forecast for the balance of electricity for 2020, completely abandoning supplies from Belarus, as well as Russia, as Radio Liberty reports.
Earlier, the Lithuanian government has repeatedly called on Ukraine to refrain from importing electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant, which is being built near the border with Lithuania.
According to the document held by journalists, the total volume of electricity supplies from Belarus in 2020 is planned in the amount of 150 million kWh. This volume dried up in January, February and April.
It is also reported that due to a decrease in electricity consumption caused by quarantine, 11 out of 15 power units of all Ukrainian nuclear power plants are currently operating in Ukraine; the rest are being repaired or put in reserve to ensure that all power units operate at or near the nominal level.
At the same time, it is planned to halve the production of electricity at hydropower plants in Ukraine and increase its own exports to Poland and Moldova.
The purchase of electricity abroad has repeatedly been the subject of a heated debate in the political and economic circles of Ukraine. The ban on energy imports from Belarus and Russia was demanded by the parliamentary opposition, former ministers and some experts. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged to create an anti-crisis energy headquarters to restore order in the energy market.
As a result, state-owned company Ukrenergo announced termination of electricity supplies during quarantine (until April 30), but two days before the expiration of this decision, the ministry changed the forecast balance, in which the temporary measure became permanent, now it will be valid until at least the end of the year.
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