Ukraine’s hydroelectric plants change operation after dam collapse- state operator

Ukraine is balancing the power system after the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Kherson region, changing the operation mode of the other hydroelectric power plants, state energy company Ukrenergo said on Wednesday.

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In a statement, Ukrenergo said the hydroelectric power plants are reducing generation to reduce the volume of water entering the Kakhovka reservoir to reduce flooding.

Ukraine continues exporting electricity to Poland and importing from Slovakia, except for the evening peak consumption.

While electricity generation is now sufficient to meet the consumers’ needs, Ukrenergo calls for conserving energy consumption as the power system has fewer power generating units due to maintenance.

In other developments, Russia’s attacks continue to target Ukraine’s power system, with distribution networks damaged in the Sumy region, in eastern Ukraine. The territory of a power plant was also targeted in the Donetsk region, but the plant is still operating.

Russia blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant overnight on Tuesday, leading to the breach of the dam and unleashing floodwater across the downstream area.

By early Wednesday, flooding was slowly decreasing in the Kherson region, in southern Ukraine, but the water level is expected to increase by the end of the day, local authorities say.