June 3, 2024, 15:21

Expert: Power outages are entirely unrelated to electricity exports

Ukraine has not been exporting electricity for an extended period, so the current power disruptions are not linked to exports.

Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director at the Energy Industry Research Center, highlighted this during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“Ukraine hasn’t been exporting recently and does not anticipate doing so in the near future. Physical electricity flows occur because our power system is significantly damaged but undergoing restoration. For example, electricity sometimes needs to be routed from one region of Ukraine to another through European countries. Simplifying the situation, if we need to supply power to the Odesa region, it might be easier to send electricity from western Ukraine to Slovakia, Hungary, or Poland and then back through Romania to Odesa. This logistical approach occasionally necessitates such physical flows. However, we have not engaged in exports for a considerable time. The minor exports conducted until early May were solely based on surplus solar power during peak sunlight, with no other forms of electricity being exported. Hence, exports are entirely unrelated to the current electricity cutbacks rolling out throughout the country,” Kharchenko explained.

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