Electricity import from Russia is increasing the risk of energy crisis in Ukraine this winter – expert

Импорт электроэнергии из РФ увеличивает риск энергетического кризиса в Украине нынешней зимой, - эксперт

Ukraine becomes dependent on the Kremlin

The resumption of import of electricity from Russia will lead to problems in domestic power and could provoke a crisis this winter. This was stated by Director of energy programs of Razumkov Center Volodymyr Omelchenko, in comments, writes LB.ua.

The expert explained that the opening of Ukraine for energy imports will lead to a significant reduction in domestic energy production that will affect the ability of energy companies to modernise their assets.

Импорт электроэнергии из РФ увеличивает риск энергетического кризиса в Украине нынешней зимой, - эксперт

“This will have a big impact on the ability of domestic producers to reinvest and upgrade assets and to prepare for future integration with the European electricity market and renewable energy sources” — said Omelchenko.

He also notes that the current importing from Russia, Ukraine becomes dependent on the Kremlin, which at any time may discontinue the supply of electricity and trigger an energy crisis in Ukraine.

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“This decision also greatly increases the risk of energy crisis in Ukraine in autumn-winter period 2019-2020 already We are facing the very real possibility of termination of gas imports due to the termination of the contract between “Naftogaz of Ukraine” and “Gazprom” on January 1, 2020, along with a shortage of coal. In addition to these we can now add the possibility of ending energy imports, with all the obvious negative consequences for the economy and socio-political tensions that this will create,” said Omelchenko.

He also noted that the initiative of deputies to stop the import from Russia, but from Belarus, does not solve the problem, as Belarus has excess electricity, and actually using it will be supplied with Russian current.

“There is no practical way to stop the flow of Russian electricity via Belarus, and the nature of relations between the two countries means that Ukraine will still be vulnerable to arbitrary termination of supply,” — said Omelchenko.

Импорт электроэнергии из РФ увеличивает риск энергетического кризиса в Украине нынешней зимой, - эксперт

We will remind, on September 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine in the sphere of nuclear energy use”, in which the head of the energy Committee of Parliament Andriy Gerus lobbied for the edit be allowed to buy Ukrainian consumers of imported electricity at bilateral contracts. According Gerus, imports had to be from Belarus. But from October 1 started the supply of electricity from Russia in import mode. For the first half of October, the electricity imports from Russia increased almost twice — with 2.4 million kWh to 4.5 million kWh per day.

Earlier, the Chairman of the all-Ukrainian energy Assembly, former fuel and energy Minister Ivan Plachkov suggested that Russia take over a large part of our energy market via the import of electricity and will use it for political pressure on the Ukrainian authorities.