Avdiivka Coke Plant (ACP) was completely disconnected from electricity due to breakage of power lines and and stopped operating after shelling near the boundary line in anti-terrorist operation area (ATO). This was reported by General Director of the enterprise Musa Magomedov on his page in Facebook.
"The situation as of 11:35: Full stop of the factory and of power and heating generation. The Joint Coordination Center still has not given permission to start repair works. State Emergency Service of Ukraine and OSCE left at 11:00 because there was no authorization from the Center. DTEK workers are ready to work, but they cannot do without it without engineers and OSCE, "he said.
Avdiivka Coke was temporarily disconnected from the electricity after shelling of the boundary line on Tuesday night.
"At 3:45 am there was deep undervoltage, both inputs disconnected. We could keep autonomous generation. Technical water stopped flowing from ACP.
All the rest boilers of the thermal power station, including the water-heating ones, switched off. Automatic equipment turned on the circuit, where Avdiivka is, at 3:50 a.m. Donetsk Filtration Station is cut off current. Avdiivka is without water supply. Two water-heating boilers were turned on at 5:50 a.m. the central heating was restored in spite of the crucial leftover of the technical water,” reported Magomedov earlier.
At that he noted that the power engineers of DTEK and ACP tried to find the power lines rupture point location on Donetsk Filtration Station, searching the leak spot of the technical water.
"All the problems are of military, and not of technical nature – because of shellings. If the problem with technical water is not solved, first thing to do will be shutting off water heating units. The choice is whether to turn off the heating of the town and to make an attempt to preserve the plant or to stop the plant, which means to stop the whole town with us. We now need the help of the OSCE, Joint Centre for Control and Coordination, civil military administrations to ensure security while repair works. We need this help urgently,” Magomedov resumed.
In his evening post the director of the plant specified that the last circuit switched off today. This lead to full complete shutdown of the plant, electricity and heat generation.
"After the electric power supply resumed on the single line, the works of plant startup began. The gas blowing machine No.3 was started half an hour ago. Then we started heating the first boiler, generating steam for power generation. The next two boilers shall be started to generate heat for the city. If there are no new accidents, the chances are that the city is going to get heat by morning. We hope the heat pipeline shall not freeze,” he noted.
According to Magomedov the coke drawing was expected not later than by midnight.
“We are waiting for the approval from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination to perform repair works tomorrow. But it’s important to realize that it’s impossible to speak of Avdiivka and Avdiivka Coke Plant surviving without restoring all four circuits. A single night without heat supply may freeze the whole city and the plant at such low temperatures,” resumed the Director General.
The Head of Donetsk civil military administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky also spoke of the plant blackout on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel today.
“Quite a critical situation with water and heat supply happened yesterday. It was -14 last night, there was a glimpse of light and the currency was shut off at the plant, which is practically heating the biggest part of the town. It took 6 hours to restore the heating,” he said.
As it was reported earlier, Avdiivka Coke Plant is the biggest coke plant in Europe. It produces 31 items with is coke for metal industry as their main product. The products are being supplied to the Ukrainian and foreign enterprises. Avdiivka Coke Plant has a 23% share of the bulk coke market.
Avdiivka Coke Plant stopped 13 times since the beginning of the military actions. The company was repeatedly shelled. 320 shells tore on the territory of the plant, killing nine plant employees and injuring another 50.