On 30 October, during the meeting of the Ukrainian-French intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation headed by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko and State Secretary to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne,
Ukraine concluded a Memorandum of cooperation with the French transmission system operator RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Électricité) and its subsidiary RTE International.
On the part of Ukrenergo, the Memorandum was signed by the company’s CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk, on the part of the French side – by Chair of RTE Executive Board François Brottes and CEO of RTE International Nicolas Breham.
The Memorandum signed by Ukrenergo and RTE has become a significant confirmation of the intentions of Ukraine and France regarding the prospects of deep cooperation aimed at implementing European management standards and ensuring the development of the power system of Ukraine in the process of integration of the power system of Ukraine into ENTSO-E.
The Memorandum of cooperation between Ukrenergo and RTE provides for the implementation of innovative approaches in the Ukrainian power sector. In particular, it stipulates the projects for the development of Energy Storage, implementation of modern technologies during the technical maintenance of high-voltage power transmission lines, live works, etc. To accomplish this purpose, the parties planned the organisation of training programmes for Ukrenergo employees, as well as the establishment of an international centre for the needs of the power sector of Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
The parties also agreed on the close cooperation in part of modernisation of Ukrenergo substations with the implementation of digital technologies. The first step in this direction will be the implementation of the pilot project on the construction of a digital substation based on the example of the French project – smart substation Blocaux next year.
In addition, the cooperation between Ukraine and France will be directed at the implementation of the technical policy of construction, operation and functioning of the power system in accordance with the European standards and rules.
“Ukraine clearly stated about its strategic purpose of integrating its energy markets into European ones and, in particular, synchronising its power system with the European network. We fully support this choice and are ready to participate in specific actions required for the technical preparation of the grid for the future integration. I am sure that the projects and initiatives stipulated by the Memorandum with Ukrenergo will significantly contribute to this process,” said Chair of RTE Executive Board François Brottes.
“All projects we are going to implement with the support of our French partners are innovative not only for Ukraine but also for the whole Europe. For example, the construction of Energy Storage means profoundly new opportunities for balancing and integration of the “green” energy capacities into the IPS of Ukraine. It will take into account all requirements with respect to the security and reliability of power supply in accordance with European rules and provides for the possibility of receiving a grant from the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance for its implementation.
In whole, RTE is a respected expert in the area of implementing modern IT-solutions in the energy sector. Its experience is extremely important for us in view of the modernisation of substations for ensuring new electricity market needs. Our goals are extremely ambitious. However, with the support of our European partners, we will be able to make them real,” noted Vsevolod Kovalchuk, CEO of Ukrenergo.