The Armed Forces of Ukraine should liberate Enerhodar before winter, for Ukraine not to buy electricity from the EU — expert

The Razumkov Center energy programs director Volodymyr Omelchenko told us that today, about 10 GW of liquid power generation capacities have been decommissioned or are under occupation.

In a comment for Novyny Pryazovya, Omelchenko noted that the shortage of electricity might arise, first of all, because of the seizure of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

"This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, it has six nuclear reactors with a total capacity of six GW. This is a lot — about 30% of the real liquid capacities of the Ukrainian energy system. It should not be forgotten that we still have a number of thermal stations under occupation, or destroyed, or in the war zone. These are Zaporizhia, Kurakhove, Vugleghirsk, Luhansk, and Slovyansk TPPs. Therefore, in reality, the situation is dramatic not only with fuel, but also with [generating] capacities," Omelchenko noted.

According to the energy expert, Russia wants to destroy the energy infrastructure, so that Ukraine cannot successfully go through the winter. Then, Russia would try to impose its negotiating positions, the expert says.

The director of energy programs of the Razumkov Center also noted that Russia is already trying to adjust all technological processes at the Zaporizhia NPP to its needs.

"New power grids are being built, with which Russia plans to provide, in particular, the Crimea and part of the occupied territories. These plans certainly run contrary to Ukraine’s interests, so Ukraine should do everything possible and impossible to liberate Enerhodar in the coming months. This would be an important step to ensure its energy security in this autumn-winter period," said Omelchenko.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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