Electricity flows with temporarily uncontrolled areas of the Donetsk Oblast discontinued effective 26 July
Effective 00:00 of 26.07.2017, Ukrenergo NPC has discontinued electricity flows with temporarily uncontrolled areas of the Donetsk Oblast. This measure was introduced in conformity with all applicable procedures and with the approval from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry.
Electricity flows from the controlled to the uncontrolled territory of the Luhansk Oblast have been discontinued on 25 April 2017.
This action was taken at the request from Energorynok SE in accordance with the Procedure of Partial or Complete Discontinuation of Electricity Flows at Electricity Metering Points approved by the Order 440 of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine of 10.06.2015. The reason for discontinuation is accumulation of long-overdue payments for electricity supplied to and consumed in the uncontrolled territory.
Speaking at a press briefing, Ukrenergo CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk said that this shutdown would have positive consequences for Ukraine and its power system, because outstanding debt would not continue to grow. In addition, the decision to discontinue electricity supply to the Donbas region was caused by the so-called “nationalization” of enterprises that took place in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Electricity supply to consumers in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine is stable, and the national power system operates under normal conditions.
Currently, the uncontrolled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts do not receive electricity generated in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine. Electricity in the occupied territories is supplied by Starobeshevska and Zuivska TPPs, other generating companies operating in the uncontrolled areas, and from the Russian Federation via transmission lines not classified as cross-border, and therefore, electricity flows over these lines are not included to the total “Ukraine-Russia-Belarus” balance.