Currently, preparations for the heating season are proceeding according to plan, schedules for both the repair campaign and the accumulation of energy resources have been approved.
Energy Minister German Galushchenko said this on the air of the national telethon, Ukrinform reports with reference to press office of the ministry.
We start preparing for the new heating season the very next day after the end of the previous one. Now preparations for the heating season are going according to plan. The schedules for both the repair campaign and the accumulation of energy resources have been approved. A large amount of work is also connected with the preparation for possible emergencies, which, first of all, may arise as a result of shelling by the Russians,” said Galushchenko.
He noted that the upcoming heating season will be quite difficult both in Ukraine and in Europe, in particular, given Russia’s military invasion of the territory of our state, as well as the gas blackmail of the aggressor country in relation to Europe. However, different scenarios for the passage of the autumn-winter period (WWP) have been developed.
The planned volumes of gas and coal accumulation are focused primarily on critical scenarios in order to ensure the energy supply of the population even under the most difficult conditions, the minister noted.
According to Galushchenko, after the full-scale invasion of Russia, energy consumption, in particular gas, decreased by almost 40%. Taking this into account, as well as the development of the situation at the front, the volumes of gas necessary for the accumulation during the preparation for the OZP can be specified.
“At the same time, gas reserves are also needed to constantly overcome possible crisis situations, when it may be needed for electricity production,” the minister explained. Due to enemy shelling, there may be logistical problems with the delivery of coal to heat generating enterprises, and under such conditions, gas will be required as an alternative fuel.
The Minister stressed that the Ukrainian energy system is stable and produces enough electricity, even with a surplus.
“According to our calculations, there will be absolutely enough electricity to supply consumers during the heating season, even with an increase in consumption,” he assured.
As Ukrinform reported, on July 1, the Cabinet of Ministers approved all the documents necessary to prepare for the 2022-2023 heating season.
As early as June 10, the government made changes to the volume of quotas for goods whose export is subject to licensing, zeroing out quotas for the export of a number of energy resources. We are talking about the export of fuel oil and natural gas from our own production; hard coal, anthracite and solid fuels derived from hard coal (except coking coal).