Ukrenergo warns of risk of emergency in Ukraine’s power system due to heat

Ukrenergo may resort to emergency shutdowns to ensure the integrity of the power system
09:54, 22 June 2019

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Ukrenergo NPC SE power company warns of the risk of the emergency situation in the electric power system, the message of the press service of UkrEnergo states.

"A threatening situation with the balance of production and consumption of electricity has now developed in the energy system. Over the past two weeks, Ukraine spotted a record in air temperature, and the peak power consumption amounted to 17,935 MW," reads the message.

It is noted that the appropriate reserve shunting capacities are needed, specifically, the heat and power station units provided with fuel to ensure the balance in the power system with increasing air temperature and peak consumption.

“In the current conditions, the power system of Ukraine operates at the absence of the normative reserves for capacity at power units of thermal power plants of generating companies. There are now 7 power plants (3 DTEK plants and 4 CentreEnergo plants) with a total installed capacity of 2,857 MW. Due to the heat, the coal reserves in the warehouses of thermal power plants decreased by almost 10%,” the report says.

"Ukrenergo may use emergency shutdowns to ensure the integrity of the power system,” the message says.

Ukrenergo has already addressed the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine with a letter. The company emphasizes that the operational security of the power system of Ukraine depends on the speed of decision making and its execution.

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