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Ukraine’s energy sector during a year at war

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On 24 February, during a regular online briefing, DTEK Group CEO, Maxim Timchenko gave an overview of the operation of the Ukrainian energy sector during the war. He also talked about his vision of rebuilding energy facilities, both to develop substantial renewable energy generation and to meet Europe’s energy security needs.

DTEK Group contributions to Ukraine's energy security and business results

  • DTEK Grids: Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion a year ago, DTEK’s infrastructure has been hit by over 9600 missiles. DTEK Grids’ employees have restored power supply to over seven million families in Kyiv, as well as the Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv and Odesa regions, and aided in repairing power lines in the liberated Kherson region. In just 45 days, DTEK Grids’ emergency crews completely restored electricity supply to the liberated Kyiv region last spring. Nearly 10 000 km of lines that were destroyed by shelling have been repaired.
  • DTEK Energy: Miners extracted more than 17.4 million t of coal over the past year, ensuring energy security during the hardest winter season in the history of Ukranie’s independence. However, two of DTEK’s TPPs are now in the occupied territories.
  • DTEK Oil&Gas: In 2022, the company produced more than 2 billion m3 of gas, upholding the 2021 record in private gas production. In November 2022, DTEK Oil&Gas expanded by purchasing two new auction permits, allowing the business to continue its strategic development.
  • DTEK Renewables: Despite the war, the team has resumed construction of a wind farm and is taking every opportunity to install wind turbines to increase renewable generation for the country. Thanks to the support of the Armed Forces, the Trifanivska SPP returned to the network.
  • D. Solutions: The YASNO contact centre processed 3.8 million customer requests. YASNO continues to develop customer-friendly services and build a network of EV charging stations.
  • D. Trading: In January, the company started to import electricity from Europe to reduce Ukraine's energy system deficit. The import of electricity from Europe aims to restore the balance in Ukraine’s power system. As of today, we are considering resuming exports to the EU.
  • Humanitarian aid: Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, DTEK Group has directed ?800 million (US$22 million) to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and humanitarian goals. For example, the company has provided equipment for the Ukrainian military, including body armour, quadcopters, portable walkie-talkies and vehicles.
  • Since the beginning of the war, DTEK Group has provided electricity to the military, hospitals and critical infrastructure facilities in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions free of charge. Since 24 February, DTEK companies have provided more than 100 critical infrastructure facilities with free electricity worth almost ?350 million (US$9.5 million).
  • DTEK is working closely with the authorities, providing lighting devices, generators and water purification systems. Together with the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, DTEK Group is transferring humanitarian aid to various regions of Ukraine.

30 by 2030 initiative – steps needed:

  • Expansion of high voltage cross-border grids is required to eliminate internal grid congestion and increase export capacities.
  • Distribution grid development and modernisation is necessary to absorb the expected solar and wind intermittent and distributed capacities.
  • Additional flexible generation, for example battery storage and gas-fired peakers, is needed to balance the system.
  • Investment in electrolyser capacities, and adaptation of Ukraine’s gas transportation and storage infrastructure, is required for green hydrogen export.
  • Supportive regulatory and policy environments are crucial to enable the development of the energy transition ecosystem in Ukraine.

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