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Ukraine’s energy security: weekly briefing of DTEK CEO

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On 3 March, a second online briefing held by DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko covered the most impactful energy system topics. Among them: accelerated synchronisation with Ukraine in ENSTO-E, possible contribution and help from Western partners of Ukraine during the crisis period and Ukraine’s EU candidate status. The briefing was attended by representatives of more than 40 media companies from the EU and other countries.

DTEK Group is ensuring its energy facilities continue to sustain the Ukrainian energy system's constant operation. These include thermal power plants, coal mines, distribution system operators, energy products retail suppliers, green power generation and gas production assets. Ukrainians’ houses have electricity.

In addition, DTEK Group has started to supply electricity free of charge to medical institutions, military, and law enforcement agencies, as well as bread producers in Kyiv and Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.

On behalf of all Ukrainians, DTEK group is grateful for the words and actions of support coming from the international community. Your help gives strength and confidence.

Synchronisation of Ukraine’s power system with ENTSO-E is the most crucial step, that needs to be taken as soon as possible to avoid the collapse of the Ukrainian energy system. DTEK Group values the efforts and the steps made towards Ukraine in the current situation. Ukraine is absolutely ready for the connection with ENTSO-E. What is needed now is the political will to do it as soon as possible. DTEK Group cooperates with Ukrenergo to carry out performance demands of the synchronisation. Expected capacity of power to be delivered to Ukraine is 2000 MWt by 2023.

Ukraine's integration into the political and economic space of the EU is, first of all, a synchronisation with European values. This is a great responsibility for both Ukraine and Ukrainian businesses. Ukrainian business is ready to accept this responsibility.

Mariupol is one Ukrainian city with the population of almost half a million people that has suffered the most from the Russian aggression. The city remains without any power supply for 4 days in a row. The power grids have been severely damaged due to constant shelling of the Russian military forces. In total, 108 distribution system operators are out of order. There is no electricity, heat, or water in the houses of Mariupol residents. Local hospitals use power generators, however, how long can these generators’ supply last is not clear. Numerous requests for ceasefire to repair the damaged grids remain unrequired. DTEK emergency crews are making an all-out effort to get to the damaged grids and repair them as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, a large crowd gathered on the road to Enerhodar, home to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and thermal power plant, blocking Russian troops from entering the city. Among them were DTEK employees. People assembled in front of and around barricades of cars, trucks, tires, and sandbags.

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