"Two winters with outages": an expert gives negative assessment of Ukraine's energy system

"Two winters with outages": an expert gives negative assessment of Ukraine's energy system

Power outage / Photo: Associated Press

The situation would change if Ukraine regained control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

For at least two years, Ukraine will face an electricity shortage. Regaining control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, currently occupied by the enemy, could significantly impact the situation.

Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director of the Energy Industry Research Center, told about this on the air of "KYIV24". According to him, the current state of Ukraine's energy system is three out of twelve.

"If we could somehow regain control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and bring at least two or three units online, it would be a huge factor that would change the situation in the energy system. Restrictions would practically not be needed, or would be required very rarely," Kharchenko emphasized.

However, the current situation is such that technically it will take "about two years" to restore capacity.

"That means we are guaranteed to face restrictions for two winters. In the winter of 2025-2026, they will be minimized, but I think they will still likely be present," the expert says.

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