As of 19:00 on Thursday, 24 November, about half of Ukraine’s consumption needs were met by the country’s energy producers; there is still a 50% deficit in power.
Source: Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s power transmission system operator, on Telegram
Quote: “As of 19:00, power producers have generated enough power to meet 50% of Ukraine’s consumption needs. A significant number of thermoelectric and hydroelectric power plants have come back online; all nuclear power plants except for the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) are also gradually picking up capacity.”
Details: Ukrenergo explained that nuclear power plants normally generate half of Ukraine’s power, but for technical reasons they have to be brought back online slowly following the emergency shutdown.
In the first instance, the supply of power to critical infrastructure facilities, such as gas distribution networks, waterworks, sewage treatment plants and hospitals, is restored.
Households are also gradually regaining power.
Quote: “All parts of Ukraine are experiencing the consequences of yesterday’s missile attack. It is currently impossible to say when the supply of power will be completely restored.
We would like to reiterate that Russia’s missile attack has caused a system-wide emergency in Ukraine’s energy system. Critical energy infrastructure facilities have been damaged. Back-up equipment has been activated. It takes longer to restore power after accidents like this than after scheduled blackouts.
We have prepared the power grid to bring the power plants online, but there is still a 50% power deficit. If we want to preserve a unified energy system despite all Russian terrorist attacks we have to continue with scheduled blackouts.”
Details: Ukrenergo called on Ukrainian citizens who have already regained power to be aware that scheduled rolling blackouts will continue.
Ukrenergo repair crews and oblast power engineers continue working relentlessly to restore power but the extent of the damage inflicted by the Russians means that the repairs are taking longer than after previous attacks.