Russian War Against Ukraine: Energy Dimension (Status as of May 19)
DiXi Group has prepared its next alert on the energy dimension of the Russian war against Ukraine.
- App. 609,600 consumers did not have electricity supply all over Ukraine, while almost 187,000 consumers remained without gas supply.
- The Luhansk region fully lost electricity supply. The last functioning large substation as well as 220 kV high-voltage line were damaged by the Russian shelling. Repair was not possible until the end of hostilities.
- The fire in the Chornobyl NPP Exclusion Zone continues and is the largest by scale in 2022, covering the area of 1,500+ hectares. Its extinguishing is significantly complicated by winds and limited technical resources of rescuers due to the consequences of the occupation (theft and destruction of a large number of special equipment and fuel), as well as the threat of explosions of the mines. The radiation background remained within the standards so far.
- The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Husnullin made a provocative statement, offering Ukraine to buy electricity generated by the Zaporizhzhia NPP; otherwise, it will “work for Russia”. Ukrenergo and Energoatom stated that ZNPP operates in Ukraine’s power system under the control of Ukrainian specialists, and electricity supply to Russia is physically impossible (as the IPS of Ukraine has no links to the Russian power system). Any change in the situation at ZNPP would mean an escalation of nuclear terrorism by Russia.