According to a statement on Telegram by Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s National Power Company, as reported by Ukrinform, over 1,200 missiles and drones were fired by Russians at important energy facilities, making it the largest attempted destruction of any European energy system. Tragically, 43% of the primary networks were damaged with more than 250 missiles hitting their targets. All thermal and hydroelectric power plants were shelled and sustained varying degrees of damage, as stated in the report.
The World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have evaluated the impact on the Ukrainian energy system, concluding that the damage is catastrophic. The emergency repair costs for Ukrenergo’s high-voltage transmission networks are expected to reach nearly $1 billion this year.
Ukrenergo has received close to 500 equipment units from their European partners, and additional equipment is currently being manufactured and transported to Ukraine. As a result of their collaborative efforts, 80% of the primary networks that were damaged have been partially or fully restored to operation as of today.
Ukrenergo has confirmed that the current electricity production from power plants is sufficient to meet the consumption demand, and there is no requirement for power outages. Additionally, international partners and donors have granted NEC Ukrenergo loans exceeding EUR 700 million to aid in the reconstruction of the energy system, according to Ukrinform’s report.
In summary, the attack on Ukraine’s energy facilities by Russia caused immense damage, with over 1,200 missiles and drones fired. The World Bank and the UNDP deemed the situation catastrophic, estimating repair costs of nearly $1 billion. However, collaborative efforts between Ukrenergo and European partners have restored 80% of the damaged networks, aided by 500 equipment units and ongoing manufacturing. Fortunately, current electricity production meets demand, eliminating the need for power outages. International partners and donors have provided loans exceeding EUR 700 million for reconstruction. Despite the challenges, these collective endeavors offer hope for restoring and stabilizing Ukraine’s energy system.