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Ukrenergo reveals three-tier protection plan for energy facilities against Russian attacks

12 October, 2023 Thursday
18:00

Ukrenergo, the country's main energy company, has unveiled a strategy consisting of three defense levels, with plans to complete construction before the arrival of cold weather in November

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Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Board at Ukrenergo, shared these details with Radio Svoboda. 

"The first level provides basic protection from shockwaves and flying debris. These are simple structures like sand-filled bags, large bags, gabions, or other straightforward barriers. They shield against debris of missiles or Shahed drones," he explained.

The second level defends against direct drone attacks, while the third level offers complex protection from Shahed drones and missiles. The third level is the most intricate, Kudrytskyi pointed out.

He mentioned that sandbags were left over from last winter, and experts are currently working on the other two protection levels. When asked when these structures would be finished, Kudrytskyi mentioned that they should be ready by November to handle cold weather.

"We can't guarantee 100% protection from big missile or drone attacks. However, we can reduce the risk to a manageable level. What truly matters is ensuring the power system survives the winter. It's essential that the enemy's destruction of the power system and our ability to restore it remain balanced. This way, the situation stays under control," he emphasized.

Ukraine’s preparations for the heating season

As preparations for the heating season continue, the Ministry of Energy reported on August 12 that planned repairs at energy facilities across Ukraine are on schedule. Notably, regions near the Russian border and frontline areas face the most challenging circumstances in readiness for the upcoming heating season.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal emphasized on August 13 that Ukraine is implementing a multi-level protection strategy for its energy facilities.

On August 18, it was revealed that protective structures are being erected around Trypilska and Zmiivska Thermal Power Plants (TPPs), both of which are part of Centerenergo.

Herman Halushchenko, Ukraine's Minister of Energy, confirmed on September 21 that the Ukrainian energy system is fully prepared for the autumn-winter period.

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