September 13, 2023, 16:01

Kyiv and Odesa face biggest risks during heating season – Oleksandr Kharchenko

In terms of the heating season, Kyiv and Odesa face the greatest risks. Because both cities’ energy regions are very electricity-demanding and constantly face power shortages.

Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director at the Energy Industry Research Center, made this statement during a discussion at the country’s main discussion platform BrainHub at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“The worst state of affairs, the greatest risks during the heating season are precisely in Kyiv and Odesa. These two regions are, firstly, very energy-intensive, meaning both cities require a large amount of energy. And, secondly, the energy regions of these two cities experience a lot of power shortages – within Kyiv’s energy ring, generation capacity covers at best 30% of consumption, and now it is even less, and as for Odesa, there is nothing there at all,” Oleksandr Kharchenko explained.

He noted that projects aimed at improving the state of affairs in Kyiv and Odesa are currently being implemented. However, according to the expert, the actual schedule shows that they will be implemented not in November, as we would like, but around January-February.

“But it’s already a good result that it will happen, and at least for the rest of the year the situation there will be more covered,” he added.

Besides, Oleksandr Kharchenko noted that, in addition to already mentioned Kyiv and Odesa, as well as the front-line regions, the situation in such cities as Zaporizhia, Zhytomyr, Kropyvnytskyi, and Kremenchuk is quite risky as well.

BrainHub is the country’s main discussion platform created by Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. It brings together experts from the state and civil society sectors. BrainHub hosts intellectual discussions around the issues of the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. It’s the birthplace of the best ideas that will become the foundation for the road map of Ukraine’s reconstruction in all sectors: economy, infrastructure, education, agriculture, security, digital, etc.  

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