Kyiv likely to face up to 8-hour power outages, energy expert warns

Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director of the Energy Industry Research Center, commented on the situation with blackouts.
Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director of the Energy Industry Research Center, commented on the situation with blackouts.

The authorities are well aware of the current situation with the energy sector, and Kyiv residents should prepare for power outages of 7-8 hours, energy expert Oleksandr Kharchenko said in an interview with Radio NV on June 2.

"Everyone understands everything, but they don't want to voice it," the director of the Energy Industry Research Center said.

“Listen, it's all been calculated... All the numbers are absolutely clear; it's unclear what the consequences of additional attacks will be, it's an uncertainty factor. And it is not entirely clear for several facilities that can be restored or not. It will depend on how quickly certain equipment arrives. And this has not yet been determined definitively.”

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The blackouts will continue.

"I can assure you 100% that there will be blackouts,” Kharchenko said.

“And they will last at least three to four hours a day. This is an ideal scenario. For now, Kyiv needs to prepare for seven to eight hours a day. Again, this is not a bad scenario, it could be worse."

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Speaking about the work of the critical headquarters, Kharchenko said: "I may tell you an unexpected thing: we have at least four such headquarters that do not coordinate what they do; their decisions are mostly not implemented at all. And this is how it functions."

As a result of a missile strike by Russia on April 11, 2024, the Trypillia Thermal Power Plant in Kyiv Oblast was completely destroyed.

Centrenergo lost 100% of its generation after the destruction of Trypillia TPP.

The Dnipro HPP lost both power plants in March 2024. The dam held, but the equipment was destroyed, and it may take years to restore Dnipro HPP.

The CHPP-5 was destroyed in Kharkiv, and restoring it is like building a new one, which will also take several years.

The Zmiyiv TPP (part of Centrenergo) in Kharkiv Oblast was also destroyed.

DTEK Group (beneficiary - Rinat Akhmetov) said it had lost 80% of its generation.

All power units of the Burshtyn and Ladyzhyn TPPs were damaged.

Gas storage facilities in western Ukraine were also damaged.

Two hydroelectric power plants have been decommissioned as of May 9, 2024.

Controlled emergency blackouts were introduced in all regions of Ukraine on May 14, 2024.

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