90% of power substations damaged by Russia restored

Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s state energy company, has restored almost 90 percent of transformer substations damaged by Russian shelling, its CEO Volodymyr Kudrytskyi told the congress of local and regional authorities.

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"If we talk about the status of substation restoration, the main element is transformers, 56 units have been restored. There are seven left [to repair] before the start of the heating season," Mr Kudrytskyi was quoted as saying by Ukrinform news agency.

He added that, given the threat of Russian shelling and insufficient electricity generation, Ukrenergo wants to achieve the ‘golden standard’ when consumers do not notice outages in the network of overhead power lines.

"We understand that there will be attacks. Accordingly, another 20 units of transformer equipment should be installed by the end of the year as a safety margin," Mr Kudrytskyi said.

According to the CEO of Ukrenergo, to get through the next winter, the Ukrainian power system will need all power units, including old power plants that have not been used in previous years.

Since the start of the full-scale war, 250 Russian missiles and drones have hit substations and damaged them, and further shelling of both substations and power plants cannot be excluded, Mr Kudrytskyi believes.